With summer on the way, Decatur is improving safety for bicyclists

Submitted by Ingrid on Mon, 04/03/2017 - 08:05

With a forward-thinking and progressive attitude, the Decatur City Commission has approved $1 million to fund a new bicycle track planned for downtown Decatur, with construction possible in the middle of this year. Funding is coming from a variety of sources including DeKalb County’s HOST revenues, the PATH Foundation, and Decatur’s Capital Improvements Fund.

What will the new bicycle path look like?

The Decatur Path Plan, adopted in December, will provide nearly 10 miles of new track that will connect major destinations across the city, making bicycling a viable alternative to motor vehicles. Hopefully the path construction will encourage residents to bicycle instead of drive, especially since many people would consider biking if they feel safe from vehicle traffic. 

How dangerous is bicycling currently?

The need for safety improvements for bicyclists and pedestrians is clear. According to Georgia Bikes, statewide roadway fatalities in 2016 showed a 9% increase from 2015 for both bicyclists and pedestrians. And here at the Weinstein Firm, we are frequently contacted by people injured in bicycle collisions, and by families who have lost a loved one in a bicycle crash with a motor vehicle.

We are fully supportive of the City of Decatur's efforts to improve bicycling safety across the city. It is clear that it takes support from many sources to make such an ambitious plan happen, and hopefully other cities will use Decatur's example to implement similar safety improvements.

If you have questions about what to do after a bicycle accident or injury, contact us. We've got a lot of experience working with people in your situation.