Is Atlanta Safe For Bicyclists?
The recent decision not to file charges in the death of a bicyclist killed by a driver has people talking about bike safety. Patch asks, is cycling dangerous in metro Atlanta?
We all know how bad metro Atlanta traffic can be. Perhaps that's one reason why bicycling - that unique, self-propelled mode of transportation - has been in the news a lot lately.
Local nonprofits such as the Clean Air Campaign and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition banded together this past August to launch a Bike To Work campaign. The Buckhead Community Improvement District recently received a $750,000 grant for a trail along Georgia 400 that includes bike paths.
Next month, the Great Atlanta Halloween Bike Parade will be held along the Atlanta BeltLine's new eastside trail.
But bicycling can also be dangerous. On April 30, DeKalb resident Paul Taylor was killed on North Decatur Road after being struck by a motorist. The DeKalb Solicitator General's office announced that no criminal charges would be filed against the driver who struck Taylor, which has prompted an angry reaction from Decatur cyclists.
So Patch wants to know: are you a bicyclist? Do you feel safe when cycling along metro Atlanta's busy roadways? Take our Patch poll, and give us your thoughts in the comments section below this article.
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