A temporary pop-up bike lane installed along 10th Street in Midtown last October was praised for its safety, but criticized for causing more traffic congestion, according to a report in the AJC. The bike lane was active for a week so the city could get feedback and was the first salvo in Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ Action Plan for Safer Streets. Around 73% of those surveyed said they felt safer using the temporary westbound bike lane, according to the city’s Chief Bicycle Officer Cary Bearn. As part of the action plan, the city will add eight miles of protected lanes and make other safety improvements to an additional 12 miles of roads. The city wants safety improvements on 20 corridors for people who walk, drive, take transit and ride a bike or scooter. A public meeting about projects along Piedmont Avenue, Spring Street and West Peachtree Street will be held Monday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St.

Westside Trail runners passing under Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. enjoy the wall mural ‘The Singer’ by Suzy Schultz.

Atlanta BeltLine Partnership has been approved for a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, “The Atlanta BeltLine Partnership appreciates the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts,” said ABP Executive Director Rob Brawner. “Art on the Atlanta BeltLine provides access to public art for everyone and is representative of the broad public/private partnerships that are necessary to bring the Atlanta BeltLine vision to life. We’d also like to thank Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. for their leadership and vision in creating what has become the south’s largest temporary public art exhibition and one of Atlanta’s most popular public art events.”
What Now Atlanta reports that Richard’s Variety Store will leave Midtown Promenade and take over the former Pier 1 space at Ansley Mall in May. Pier 1 announced it was closing the Ansley and Buckhead locations earlier this month as part of a 50% reduction in stores nationwide. Richard’s Variety Store, known for its eclectic selection of merchandise, has been an Atlanta institution since 1951 when it opened its first store in Buckhead. The Midtown Promenade location has been open for more than a decade.