Last year the city of Dunwoody added over three miles of bike lanes, and this year city planners anticipate adding another 3.4 miles of bike lanes. Although the addition of bicycle lanes is a good addition to prevent more Georgia cycling accidents, not everyone is happy about this addition. The new project is slated to spend $138,000 to add bicycle lanes along a half-mile stretch of Mount Vernon Road.
Officials plan to widen the 30-foot Mount Vernon road by two feet to include bike lanes from Ashford Dunwoody Road west to Ridgeview Road; however, the area from Ridgeview west to the Sandy Springs city limits will not be affected. Although this plan would widen the street for cyclists to have bike lanes, it would consequently narrow the vehicle lanes.
Cars will now have 11 feet for two lanes of traffic, and bicycles will get five feet on each side of the roadway. For this reason, there is opposition to this plan. Opponents are not necessarily against bike lanes, but they are against reducing the width of traffic lanes. One Dunwoody resident said, “Why is one percent of the traffic getting more than a third of the roadway?”
Advocates believe bicycle lanes will help keep cyclists safe and reduce cycling accidents in Dunwoody, as this street sees approximately 15,000 vehicles a day. Advocates also believe that adding bicycle lanes will pave a path to prosperity, entice young families to the city, and help the city’s future. The city is following Atlanta’s role in cycling safety, after the National Alliance for Biking and Walking placed Atlanta first in the nation for residents cycling to work from 2000 to 2009. Dunwoody’s neighboring cities like Roswell have more than 45 miles of marked bike lanes, and Sandy Springs is working towards becoming a Bike Friendly City.
Our Alpharetta cycling accident attorneys at Kalka & Baer is glad to see additional bike lanes that will, we feel assured, prevent cycling accidents in Georgia overall.