DeKalb Avenue is fast, dangerous, and out of control. In 2015, Atlanta voters overwhelming approved the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond to update and improve our streets, including a Complete Street for DeKalb Avenue.
Yet in 2019, after three years of public meetings, funding for the Complete Street on DeKalb Avenue was cut, leaving only resurfacing and replacing the reversible lane with a center turn lane and design for a future Complete Street in the budget. It's not clear where funding would come from to actually build it.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, along with community members and neighborhoods along DeKalb, is continuing the fight for a DeKalb that serves more than high-speed traffic speeding through our communities. DeKalb Ave connects 11 neighborhoods -- all but 1 wrote letters of support for a Complete Street.
We are calling for any project, including repaving, that affects this key, flat corridor to make the road safer -- for everyone. The resurfacing project should include a buffer between people walking on the sidewalk and cars, and a place for people to bike.
The City of Atlanta retained Arcadis as the design firm for the striping design for the first phase of resurfacing on this project. They are pursuing short-term safety improvements that can be accomplished within the resurfacing project, with an eye toward long-term improvements that can be built in a future second phase.
The design team intends to begin meeting again with various local stakeholders in January and February 2020 to be followed by a public meeting. It's not yet clear when the design will be finalized and when the resurfacing project will go to construction.
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition remains an advocate for both long and short term solution to the dangerous conditions on DeKalb Avenue. The improvements should address the glaring gap in bike facilities stretching from the Stone Mountain PATH trail to the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA station.
Candler Park Neighborhood Organization
Inman Park Neighborhood Association
Kirkwood Neighborhood Organization
Old Fourth Ward Business Association
Organized Neighbors of Edgewood
April 12, 2019, WSB-TV, Cyclists bring rush hour to a crawl to protest city's decision
March 30, 2019, WSB-TV, Neigbors march to make busy road safer for pedestrians
December 4, 2018, Curbed Atlanta, City Council OKs transportation plan, amid more calls to progress 'complete streets'
December 3, 2018, Saporta Report, Atlanta Transportation Plan gets approval, as advocates prod about previous recommendations
April 19, 2018, WABE, Atlanta Unveils Plan for DeKalb Avenue: No More Reversible Lane
April 19, 2018, Decaturish, DeKalb Avenue to gain turn signals, lose reversible lane within the next year
April 17, 2018, Curbed Atlanta, Atlanta Streets Alive drew 74K, called key step toward safer DeKalb Avenue
April 12, 2018 ABC Blog: Seeing is Believing on DeKalb Avenue
March 26, 2018 ABC Blog: Make third time the charm for DeKalb Avenue
March 31, 2017, Decaturish.com, "Renew Atlanta holds meeting on options to make DeKalb Ave. ‘complete street’"
Dec. 22, 2016, ABC Blog, "DeKalb Avenue is Broken"
Nov. 22, 2016, ThreadATL, "DeKalb Avenue Needs a Fix"
Dec. 20, 2016, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "‘A bike lane on DeKalb Avenue? Seriously?"
March 11, 2015, WABE, "Atlanta Might Remove DeKalb Avenue's Reversible Lane"
Click here for more background on our campaign for a safe and complete DeKalb Ave.