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Decatur’s City Commission has approved $1 million to build more bike lanes downtown. It’s part of the Decatur PATH Foundation Connectivity and Implementation Plan, which is a long-term cycling and walking connectivity plan for the city.
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This is the first segment of the 10-year project. It will make a semi-circle connecting bike lanes from Church Street to North McDonough Street downtown. The city is already building protected bike lanes along North McDonough Street. And plans to build lanes along Church Street are under review by the Georgia Department of Transportation.
“It’s not just a white line on pavement that’s shared with automobiles,” Hugh Saxon, the deputy city manager, said. “This is actually a bike lane that is separated and protected from vehicle traffic.”
The PATH Foundation, which promotes walking and cycling, is putting up 20 percent of the money. Saxon said the rest will come from locally funded sources.
He said the city now has to create the blueprints to lay out exactly how the project will be built. After the blueprints are complete, the city will put out a bid.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year.