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MAKING THE ATLANTA REGION
MORE WALK- AND BICYCLEFRIENDLY
BYRON RUSHING AND BRAD DAVIS

INTRODUCTION
t is becoming clear across the country
that walking and bicycling are increasing in popularity and are key to a community's quality of life. This is true in
metro Atlanta, and the Atlanta Regional
Commission is working to make our region more walk- and bike-friendly.
Our bicycle & pedestrian plan - titled
"Walk. Bike. Thrive!: A regional vision
for a more walkable, bikeable, and livable
metropolitan Atlanta" - provides a comprehensive blueprint for walking and
bicycling by incorporating the League's
Bicycle-Friendly Community approach.

COLLIN CHESSTON, ALTA PLANNING + DESIGN

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Beltline
FALL 2017

BACKGROUND
The Atlanta region is big even for a
modern metropolitan area. A few statistics may help put it in scale. The region is geographically larger than several
states, including Rhode Island and Delaware. In population, the region is larger
than Minnesota and Colorado. Our area
encompasses twenty counties and nearly
eighty cities. People tend to live far from
where they work, meaning the region has
some of the longest commutes in the
country, averaging over 12 miles. This is
a lot of ground to cover and that scale
has a direct impact on how the region
approaches walking and bicycling transportation.
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http://www.atlantaregional.org/bicycle-pedestrian/ http://www.atlantaregional.org/bicycle-pedestrian/ http://www.atlantaregional.org/bicycle-pedestrian/ https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/03/25/atlantans-have-the-longest-commute-in-entire-u-s.html https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/03/25/atlantans-have-the-longest-commute-in-entire-u-s.html https://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2015/03/25/atlantans-have-the-longest-commute-in-entire-u-s.html

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