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A Cycling Comparison

Transportation in Atlanta. Many thoughts come to my mind regarding this subject and if you've had any experience at all traveling in or through Atlanta, I'm sure you wouldn't be surprised when I say very few of those thoughts are positive. Cycling aside, even driving a car through Atlanta can be an unnerving occasion for the inexperienced. The large number of one-way streets causes you to question every turn you make as you check a second or third time for that not-so conspicuously placed "One-Way" sign. The scarcity of highly-visible lane striping in...

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Atlanta vs. the Netherlands

by Annie Blissit, May 21, 2017

Part I – Cycling in Atlanta

Cycling through Atlanta last week was a great experience, especially since it was during the workday on a Tuesday where there was not much traffic. While I tend to feel comfortable cycling, I do not feel comfortable riding in the same domain as vehicle traffic in Atlanta. Many vehicles are frustrated by sharing the road which breeds a dangerous environment for the bikes. Even on dedicated infrastructure, when a cycle path crosses an intersection, there is confusion for...

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Biking Atlanta

By Spencer Maddox May 23, 2017

Last Tuesday, we biked around Atlanta. Going into the tour my expectations were ridiculously know. I know how Atlanta drivers treat pedestrians and figured they would treat cyclists even worse. Surprisingly, Atlanta’s bike infrastructure exceeded my rock-bottom expectations, but that is not saying much. Atlanta can still take steps to improve cycling safety and efficiency.

Leaving Georgia Tech to go to Piedmont park, displayed the differences of bike infrastructure in Atlanta. It started out with simply sharrows—arrows that simply...

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blogPost2 Wagenbuur

Last week for class we cycled around Atlanta for 3ish hours. In my two years of city cycling I've grown uncomfortably comfortable with driving in traffic. Of the infra (infrastructure) we saw, the separated cycletracks seemed the most Dutch and comfortable. The "sharrows" seem to exist only to let the cyclists know that, yes they are in fact allowed to be on the road. In the US I've always been amazed at any sort of cycling infra. My perception of cycling in the US has always been measured in speed, agility, and distance. My ideal bike needs to able to...

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Biking in Atlanta

By April Gadsby

Yesterday we took a bike tour of Atlanta cycling infrastructure. We experienced a variety of infrastructure types including bike lanes, cycle tracks, a mixed use-path, and sharrows. As someone who has ridden around Atlanta outside this tour, I already had some thoughts on these infrastructure types.  

As would be expected, sharrows or no infrastructure at all causes me the most stress when riding. These situations make me feel like I need to move as quickly as possible. I also worry that a driver who is predisposed to be an angry or reckless driver will...

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Introduction - April

Hello, my name is April and I'm a master's student in Transportation Engineering. I did my undergrad at Tech as well, so I've been in Atlanta for about 5 years now, but I'm originally from Santa Barbara, CA. Santa Barbara is generally very bike friendly, except in some of the downtown areas. I worked for the City of Goleta, a small city that was once a part of Santa Barbara, and they told me that they had to be careful to not make their bike lanes so wide that drivers thought they were a driving lane. I used to walk and bike to school until I got to high school which...

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Introduction- DeShawn

Hey All! My name is DeShawn Samad, I am a Senior from Pasadena, CA. Pasadena is in the northern part of Los Angeles county, since it is incorporated into the LA area the transportation system is pretty robust. Thought the subway system could be improved for efficiency, the buses and metro rail are pretty efficient to get around to all areas of LA.  I have lived in Atlanta for the last five years now, but every time I visit home they are steadily upgrading the subway and rail systems to travel more places. Los Angeles county has a population of about 10 million people and most get...

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