Closer Look: GDOT and City Officials Talk Collaboration; Local Advocates Weigh in on the ‘Micromobility Revolution’

Meg Pirkle, chief engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Tim Matthews, project manager for GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program and Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane join "Closer Look" in studio.
Meg Pirkle, chief engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, Tim Matthews, project manager for GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program and Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane join "Closer Look" in studio.
Credit Grace Walker

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 on “Closer Look with Rose Scott:”

Today on “Closer Look with Rose Scott,” we continue our deep-dive into Atlanta’s transit landscape with the week-long series, “Gridlocked: What’s Moving Atlanta?” Today’s edition of the program focuses on micro-mobility and how the city of Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Transportation work together to create regional and local transportation plans.

  • 0:00: Rose Scott gives a news brief on a plane that crashed into the Clairmont Hills Townhouses in DeKalb County. As of air time, one person on the plane died due to the crash.
  • And, in other news, the Georgia Supreme Court’s decision has issued an execution of for Ray Cromartie. Cromartie was previously scheduled to be executed tonight for the 1994 murder of a convenience store clerk.
  • Finally, a Butts’ County Sheriff’s plan to put “no trick or treating signs” in front of three sex offender’s yards has been ruled unconstitutional.
  • 04:45: Worldwide, investors have poured more than 5.7 billion dollars into micro-mobility startups during the past four years, according to McKinsey and Company. It’s a trend some are calling, “the micromobility revolution.” How has this “revolution’” impacted Atlanta? And, is micromobility here to stay? Nima Daivari, community affairs manager at Lime Georgia, Cathy Tyler, president and CEO of Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety, Elliott Caldwell, executive director of Georgia Bikes and Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, join “Closer Look” in studio for a roundtable conversation about the future of micromobility.
Nima Daivari, community affairs manager at Lime Georgia, Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Elliott Caldwell, Executive Director of Georgia Bikes and Rebecca Serna executive Director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Cathy Tyler, president and CEO of Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety, join “Closer Look” in studio for a conversation about the future of micro-mobility. (Photo credit: Grace Walker)
  • 35:39: As city and state agencies prioritize safety and work to decrease congestion, how can they work together? “Closer Look” continues our series “Gridlocked: What’s moving Atlanta?” with a conversation with Atlanta City Planning Commissioner Tim Keane, Meg Pirkle, chief engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation, and Tim Matthews, project manager for GDOT’s Major Mobility Investment Program.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler and Grace Walker. Joy Barge is a contributing producer.