BikeLanesBy Joe Earle

Buckhead’s bicycle battles rolled into NPU-B’s September board meeting as the neighborhood planning group debated proposals intended to make the city of Atlanta more bike friendly.

Many of the 50 or so residents who packed into the Sept. 1 meeting appeared to reject the city’s bike plans as well as a proposal recently outlined by state transportation officials to add bike lanes along portions of Peachtree Road through south Buckhead.

“I think Peachtree is just one of those roads where cycling is a bad idea,” said resident Valerie Taylor, who attended the Sept. 1 meeting of the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit B.

But resident Mike McLeod defended bike lanes, saying they were not a new idea. “It’s a perfect opportunity to have a bike network,” he said. “You can get people out of their cars. There’s data that shows traffic flow with improve. I know it’s difficult to believe, but if you take cars away, you can improve traffic flow.”

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.