The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and local governments have decided that the region’s $14,360,000 of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) funding should focus on advancing greenway trail segments, walking and cycling improvements within activity centers and promoting safe routes to schools and transit stations.
The Stone Mountain-Lithonia Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail is included in that funding, to the tune of $1,750,000, and is one of 17 such projects in the Metro Atlanta area.
“Currently, all or parts of some 20,000 metro Atlanta commutes are made on bicycles each week, plus many more on foot and transit,” said John Orr, Manager of ARC’s Transportation Access & Mobility Division. “Biking and walking are viable modes of transportation in places where they are safe and convenient.”
Special attention is being paid to projects that are located in key locations and are critical for bike and pedestrian safety.