Bicycle Lanes Coming to Portion of Ponce de Leon Avenue

Change is part of overall series of improvements to Ponce corridor.

Ponce de Leon Avenue will lose a lane in both directions between the Boulvevard/Monroe Drive and Freedom Parkway intersections, according to a BeltLine improvement plan.

The remaining two lanes will be widened and the plan also will include a center lane for turns and some pedestrian islands, according to a report by the Virginia-Highland Civic Association.

The plan also calls for bike lanes from Ponce and the Boulevard/Monroe Drive intersection to Ponce de Leon Place. Those lanes will be buffered by one- to two-foot-wide traffic barriers, the report said.

There was no immediate start date, but the city expects it to be finished in the summer.

Other Ponce projects include:

  • Resurfacing of Ponce between Juniper Street and the Briarcliff Road/Moreland Avenue intersection.
  • Pedestrian safety improvements between the Piedmont Avenue and Briarcliff Road/Moreland Avenue intersections
  • A plaza to allow pedestrians walking access between the BeltLine and what is now the rail shed along the east side of the Ponce City Market. The BeltLine is hoping that funding will also allow for a ramp at North Avenue.
Lauren February 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Very excited about this- our intown streets should accommodate for all users.
Quentin Compson February 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Great news - sort of. Seems like an awful short stretch. What is a westbound cyclist on Ponce expected to do when they reach the intersection with Boulevard/Monroe? Neither Boulevard nor Monroe is particularly bike friendly, so it seems like a cyclist would be stuck with no option: Can't (safely) keep going west, can't (safely) turn left, can't (safely) turn right. In the other direction, why not take this further to at least connect with the existing PATH just east of Freedom Parkway? It's only an additional 2 blocks (500-700 ft according to Google Maps)! I guess we need to start somewhere, but poorly thought out and disconnected bike lanes really don't help people to get around this city without a car. And if the bike lanes aren't heavily used (because they're not useful), people will inevitably claim that they are a waste of money and road space.
Holt Moore February 14, 2013 at 01:37 AM
Sweet...now WIDEN Ponce to Decatur and add a bike lane there too!
Matthew Jones February 14, 2013 at 07:22 PM
This is only a small portion of the bike planning that the City is doing, and connectivity is a big part of every presentation I've seen from them. Check out a study that the City is in the middle of right now -- the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition helped fund it and has information on it here: http://www.atlantabike.org/node/2141. There's also more information online via the Office of Planning (http://www.atlantaga.gov/index.aspx?page=326) and Cycle Atlanta (http://cycleatlanta.org/). Get the Cycle Atlanta app while you're there!
JEFFREY March 18, 2013 at 01:29 AM
While I am excited about the bike lane project on Ponce de Leon Ave, I am very concerned about losing a lane on both sides. If you have passed by Ponce by the McDonald near the Monroe Drive you must have seen cars backed up on the eastbound because of the cars trying to make left turn into McDonalds. First of all, these cars are making illegal turn since its double yellow lane. You are not supposed to make left turn here!!! Suppose there is one less lane the traffic by this area would be horrendous unless the city place a block to prevent left turn. Another area is by the shopping center across from the Ponce city market. I really hope they place a divider to prevent these illegal left turns.


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