Brookhaven, GA, February 6, 2015 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven residents who live in the Ashford Park community saw the beginnings of the addition of bike lanes along Caldwell Rd. last week.
Over the next few weeks, crews will be continuing to add striping to define the new center line as well as turn lanes – this new striping also includes bike lanes and space for on-street parking.
There has been a significant effort by local “run, walk, bike” advocates who have worked with the city administration to support initiatives to create more ways for Brookhaven citizens to move around the city without driving in their cars. The city also included these initiatives in the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted last year.
Back in October, Steve Clark, Community Specialist with the League of American Bicyclists (TLAB), was joined by a dozen or so local riders for a morning trek around the streets of Brookhaven.
After the ride, Clark gave a presentation outlining examples of how bicycle friendly cities look, how they operate and how motor vehicles and bicycles can co-exist in a manner that benefits and provides safety to all concerned.
Clark also provided best practices on how to raise awareness and build support in the community as well as making the initiative a priority to the City Administration.
Brookhaven resident, Christian Cherniak, who set up the event, said education is key. “With the City having a new Transportation Plan, the time is right to execute a Bicycle Friendly City initiative.” Cherniak added that typically when a transportation plan is done, it’s done for cars, not for people. “That’s why I brought Steve Clark down to help us figure out how to implement this correctly.”
Clark left attendees with a list of 10 Strategies to focus on moving forward with becoming a Bicycle Friendly City:
- Create safe, dedicated space
- Reduce speeds
- Expand bike parking
- Get the intersections right
- Educate & Empower
- Implement bike sharing
- Provide short-cuts
- Encourage mixed-use development
- Create incentives
- Evaluate and document
Twice per year the League of American Bicyclists certifies cities as being Bicycle Friendly – February and August.
Clark said that he didn’t think Brookhaven would be ready by February of 2015, but did think August would be doable if all things fall in to place.
The full video of that presentation is below.