ARC Bicycle & Pedestrian Planning
Bicycling and walking are critical transportation modes all around the Atlanta region. Many short trips can be accomplished on foot or by bike. Walking and biking are also popular means of accessing public transit for longer trips throughout the region.
“Walk, Bike, Thrive!”
The Atlanta Regional Commission’s bicycle and pedestrian plan – “Walk, Bike, Thrive!” – envisions a region of walk- and bike-friendly communities, a regional-scale trail network, community-scale walking and bicycling networks, and first- and last-mile connections to regional transit systems.
“Walk, Bike, Thrive!” includes five key strategies to increase the share of trips made on foot or by bike:
- Focus investments in communities and activity centers
- Address safety and equity issues
- Improve access to regional transit systems
- Pursue a strategy of relentless incrementalism
- Lead the development of the regional trail system
ARC continually develops innovative, forward-looking plans and reports that advance the region’s understanding of active transportation and provide tools for local communities. Currently in progress are: “Bike to Ride: regional strategies to improve bike-transit system access;” and a Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Action Plan. Both reports are due this year.
The Atlanta Region’s Plan includes funding for the completion of the regional trail network as well as for other regionally significant pedestrian, bicycle, trail and transit-access projects. Total funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure is projected to be $1.8 billion through 2040.