Brookhaven, GA, July 28, 2017 — by Anna Williams for The Post — An ordinance clarifying mandates for sidewalks on all new and improved local residential streets in Brookhaven was unanimously approved by City Council during their Tuesday, July 25th Meeting. Bike lanes will also be required per the recommendations in Brookhaven’s Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Trail Plan and other planning documents.
“The City of Brookhaven places a high priority on alternative transportation options, especially those that promote healthy lifestyles,” said Community Development Director Patrice Ruffin said in a release. “In order to continue to enable and encourage active transportation, the City of Brookhaven is implementing recommendations in the Comprehensive Development Plan, Transportation Plan and the Bike, Pedestrian, and Trail Plan in order to create a more balanced transportation network.”
The new ordinance requires sidewalks be installed on all sides of street frontage on all new and improved local residential streets in all subdivisions of all new and improved nonresidential developments, unless determined to be infeasible only due to severe cross-slopes, shallow rock, soil, or topographic conditions. New sidewalks must also be made of concrete and a minimum of five feet wide.
The new ordinance also requires that new bicycle lanes be located in the outside lane of a roadway, adjacent to the curb or shoulder based upon the specifications in the Bike, Pedestrian, and Trail Plan. In instances of on-street parking, the bicycle lane shall be located between the parking lane and the outer lane of moving vehicles, the City says.
According to the Bike, Pedestrian and Trail Plan Brookhaven adopted in April of ’16, safety is a key concern for cyclists and pedestrians. The plan recommended the City continue to research strategies to increase cyclist and pedestrian safety along corridors that are otherwise perceived to be dangerous.
The Bike, Pedestrian and Trail Plan also includes an analysis of existing conditions, a determination of future needs, and an implementation plan – all categorized into a mix of short-term and long-term projects. During the plan’s formulation, all of the projects were placed in to three main categories: Short-Term (possible to implement in the next 5-10 years), Mid-Term (likely to implement in the next 10-20 years), or Long-Term (likely to implement in 20+ years).
If fully implemented as the plan outlines, the result would be:
- 20.4 miles of new sharrows
- 6.9 miles of new bicycle lanes or cycle tracks
- 31.3 miles of new sidewalks
- 38.7 miles of new multi-use trails
According to the numbers in the approved plan, the fully realized project (in 2015 dollars), will come at a cost of $66.4 million, broken down as follows:
- $9.2 million dollars in the Short-Term phase
- $25.2 million dollars in the Mid-Term phase
- $32.0 million dollars in the Long-Term phase
The entire Bike, Pedestrian and Trail Plan plan can be found here. (Large file)