On Plannerisms, our new occasional short-audio series, we take planning terms related to things taking place in metro Atlanta—and, in 90 seconds or less—gives you a clear explanation and some key timely local context.

First up…Cycle tracks, also known as protected bike lanes.

More on Cycle Tracks

Time was, planners in the Atlanta region had to send elected officials off to cities abroad to see great examples of cycle tracks. That’s no longer the case, as metro Atlanta sports more and more of its own fabulous corridors for two-wheeled mobility.

These include, (but are not limited to):

  • Decatur’s North McDonough cycletrack steps up the conversation by incorporating storm-water management, on-street parking, and green infrastructure. It’s also the first piece of a planned protected bike lane network for Decatur.
  • Peachtree Center Avenue includes a cycle track that allows cyclists to move two ways on a one-way street.
  • The protected bike lanes on Tech Parkway and Luckie Street
  • Wait, is the Atlanta BeltLine a cycletrack? We may not think of it that way because it’s placed at a remove from streets, but the same principle applies: It’s comfortable, connected path that helps bicyclists and pedestrians alike travel safely from point A to point B.

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