Okay, I’m still working on this but here’s a sneak peek. Say hi to Mini-Belty! A 10-mile loop of CAR-FREE biking bliss in the City of Atlanta — and it’s not a 20-year plan — it exists NOW (with HUGE thanks to the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and the City of Atlanta for all their hard work over the past few years).
I started/ended at the 10th Street MARTA station (that’s that little tail at the top of the map) to show how easy it would be to access this via mass transit (bikes always allowed). It is 15 minutes from the Sandy Springs station. It includes every sort of bike-access best practice you can imagine, and it goes places people actually want and need to go (such as work). I’d strongly recommend that suburb-city leaders familiarize themselves with what’s happening on Mini-Belty so they understand real access in action. In fact, I’d be happy to give you a tour.
If you work at the global headquarters of Coca Cola, CNN, the American Cancer Society, MailChimp, How Stuff Works, or anywhere else along this route and have been wanting to try a commute to and from work (or even one way via bikeshare, for instance), this is a way to do it without mixing it up with motor vehicles. Bike riding improves health and productivity, so it may help improve your career as well! Why not give it a try?