News: GDOT Adopts Complete Streets Policy

Big news for all Georgia cyclists! On September 20th, 2012 the Georgia State Transportation Board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution in supporting a Complete Streets policy for the Georgia’s Department of Transportation (GDOT) . This policy calls for the Department to “routinely incorporate bicycle, pedestrian, and transit (user and transit vehicle) accommodations into transportation infrastructure projects as a means for improving mobility, access, and safety for the traveling public”. See below for the full text of the new policy.

This policy is notable as it is the first in the nation to include a prominent recommendation of the cutting-edge NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide.

BIG thank yous go out to Georgia Bikes, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the Atlanta Regional Commission, several transit agencies, and leaders within GDOT for helping Georgia take a big step forward on support safer road conditions for cyclists and pedestrians.

However, as Smart Growth America points out, there is still room for further improvement because although the policy will be incorporated in the State’s Design Policy Manual, the policy itself does not identify clear steps for implementation action.

You can view Georgia’s new Complete Streets policy here or view the official press release here.

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