This committee of BikeAthens is charged with working with transportation policy matters within Athens-Clarke County (ACC). This includes issues related to transportation network planning, funding, mode equity in funding priorities, and community engagement. The Transportation Policy Committee meets regularly to engage the community on these issues as they arise. Currently, we are working on helping to build a Complete Streets Policy for Athens, advocating for appropriate expenditure of bike/ped SPLOST and TSPLOST dollars, promoting an Athens Downtown Development Authority Downtown Master Plan, facilitating community engagement in city planning, assisting in Safe Routes infrastructure planning with commissioners, and generally serving as advisors with city transportation staff, elected officials, and various government boards and committees.
Athens Complete Streets Policy and Coalition
A coalition is now forming to build and pass the first ever Athens Complete Streets Policy. Complete Streets are built for everyone, and they include quality infrastructure that serves the entire population: pedestrians, automobile drivers, bicyclists, and transit riders. The desire for Complete Streets in Athens was written into the Athens Comprehensive Plan, so the work ahead for the coalition includes building the coalition and fine tuning a policy for our town. Athens Community Council on Aging is a solid and enthusiastic partner, and we look forward to broadening the coalition. For more info, or to join the coalition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACC Bike and Pedestrian Fatalities
See this article for a complete review of bike and pedestrian fatalities within Athens-Clarke County from 2001 to 2009. Complete with a great map, it clearly shows the need for better education, enforcement, and engineering on our roads for the sake of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.
ACC Traffic Calming Manual
If your neighborhood would benefit from the city’s program aimed at slowing cars and making pedestrians safer, then use this BikeAthens manual to help you get your neighborhood street improvement funded.
A&D Property Redevelopment
BikeAthens met with the developer: Selig Enterprises. Go here for BikeAthens official statement about this potential redevelopment project.
Recommendation to the MACORTS Transportation Improvement Program list
Every year, our 3 county region asks for public comment on how we should spend the largest collection of federal transportation funding, most of which funnels through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). The 3 county region is called MACORTS (Madison Athens Clarke Oconee Regional Transportation Study), and ACC Planners work to develop that project list with mayors and representatives from the 3 counties and GDOT. This year, BikeAthens submitted comment on those projects, in the interests of our mission and membership.