Ralph David Abernathy


Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, affectionately known as RDA, serves as a major corridor for schools, historic neighborhoods, and businesses in Southwest Atlanta. RDA is a large street with fast traffic and a lonely stretch of bike lane between Murphy Ave and I-85. The road, whether by bike or by car, is often perilous due to potholes, debris, and jagged train tracks.

RDA turns into Georgia Avenue and runs through seven amazing Atlanta neighborhoods: Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, and Grant Park.

The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition connects these neighborhoods at Atlanta Streets Alive. You can help make this a more livable, walkable, and bikeable corridor all year-round by supporting our campaign for bike lanes and regular maintenance on RDA and Georgia Avenue.

In addition to bike lanes on RDA and Georgia Avenue, we are advocating for:

  • Resurfacing and repairing dangerous potholes on RDA
  • Regularly maintaining this critical corridor by sweeping trash and debris
  • Paving over the hazardous out-of-use train tracks

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  • Edward Caddell
    signed 2023-10-09 13:54:25 -0400
    I regularly get flat tires trying to bike on RDA between Murphy at West End and I-75/85. It has great bones and great potential to become a real complete street and crucial east/west connection for people walking and biking!
  • Steve Williams
    signed 2023-10-05 23:38:44 -0400
  • Dave Mardis
    signed 2023-04-21 01:42:05 -0400
    I bike to work regularly on RDA between Grady Place and Murphy Ave. Cars fly down RDA, and less lanes would slow them down. Besides, there’s never enough traffic to justify four car lanes anyway. Two car lanes, a turning lane (ideally with a raised median) and bike lines would be perfect. No parking spots would be displaced, and it would be good for businesses because it would bring more foot traffic.