We believe that riding bikes should be safe for everyone, from school-aged children to elderly residents. One proven principle is the separation of motorized and pedal-driven traffic. Our primary goal is to achieve a network of protected bike lanes that will connect and bring together the Decatur community, so that everyone can feel safe traveling around in our city on a bike, from small children to great grandparents.
Decatur is a diverse community that is growing, and residents are asking for ways to improve traffic and connectivity. Expanding bicycle infrastructure will encourage people to ride bikes, reduce automobile traffic and improve the health and happiness of the community.
The Decatur Bicycle Coalition is a new advocacy organization of City of Decatur residents committed to transforming Decatur into a community with a network of safe bike paths and protected bike lanes that connect people of all ages to all that our city has to offer. We see a network of protected bike lanes (watch this short video about protected bike lanes) as essential for creating safe conditions for our children to reach their schools and for our families to travel to the square and Oakhurst Village by bike.
We are already making real progress and are currently working with the PATH Foundation and the City Manager’s Office to build a two-way protected bike lane along Trinity Avenue and Commerce Drive that will provide connections to the planned protected bike lanes on Church Street and North McDonough Street.
What the Decatur Bicycle Coalition Does
- Advocates for safe and connected bike infrastructure in Decatur
- Monitors the City Commission meeting agendas for developments that could impact cycling in Decatur
- Works with the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the PATH Foundation, and others to create safe bicycle connections from Decatur to Atlanta and beyond
Why Protected Bike Lanes?
Studies show that when you build safe bike lanes that are separated from motorized traffic, people take to their bikes including experienced and novice cyclists. Bike lanes increase commerce and economic activity, and cyclists are more likely to spend more time and money in a place they visit than people who drive. Bike lanes have also been shown to improve traffic patterns and reduce congestion, particularly in densely populated urban areas like Decatur. Moreover, studies have also shown that cities with active transportation facilities have healthier and happier citizens. It has been estimated that for every one dollar one invests in bike and walking infrastructure, one receives an average return of 13 dollars. Bikes are also good for neighborhoods. People on bikes stop and talk to neighbors. So bikes help us get to know our neighbors and build social cohesion.
So bikes and protected bike lanes are a key part of the future of transportation in Decatur, and our vision is to increase biking by making it safer and more pleasant for everyone.