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Old 10-17-2012, 05:55 AM
Location: ATL
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Lessons learned — and observations — from the Atlanta Beltline's Eastside Trail | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta

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thanks for writing all of this. Seeing this section finally (!) completed is cause for celebration, but we shouldn't allow it to distract us from the many failings of the Beltline people along the way.The number one point to re-emphasize is the 133% increase in their timeline: what was promised in 12 months ultimately took 26 months. A few months delay can be excused for unexpected contingencies. This was incompetence. Poor planning and poor contractor oversight. From the beginning, and even without the rail transit, this has been a much needed transportation corridor for cyclists and pedestrians. That lost 16 months has been a period where people have been denied a safer transportation option.And the 11pm closing is absurd. You said it perfectly: we don't shut down city streets to cars at 11pm, so we shouldn't shut down any other transportation corridor. Again, incompetence in action. It's a clear signal that the Beltline people don't seriously view this as a transportation corridor, but just a fancy recreation path.

And finally, the two ends of the current alignment are atrocious. The southern end at Irwin needs to be 4-way stop and the northern end at Monroe needs a light and a curb cut. It should have been complete before opening - not some indeterminate number of months afterward (if ever). Safely getting onto and off of the corridor is just as important as the corridor itself. These failures really devalue the transportation value of the path, and they are extremely dangerous. Has anyone else tried accessing the trail from 10th st eastbound without illegally riding on the sidewalk? Someone really dropped the ball on this one! I understand that most of these decisions and mistakes occurred under Brian Leary's watch. I really hope the incoming leadership will fix the problems with this project - and do better with future projects - to regain the public trust. In the meantime, I have a new ABI tagline: Atlanta Beltline: Great idea, poorly executed.
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:20 AM
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Here is a nice article about lessons learned from the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. You will note in the final line, they comment that the trail is already overcrowded!

Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta
"Already" overcrowded? Gym's are overcrowded right after New Years also. By March it's back to normal.

It's the first freaking weak, and you've got gaggles of excited users and lookey-loo's cramed into just under 3 miles of trail. Everyone wants to be the first person out there, so they can bring it up in casual conversation with friends. The weather is beautiful, and for the first time, you can ride that one section end to end. The Silver Comet Trail is mobbed on spring weekends, but it's still a great amenity. Yes, they need to paint a lane separator down the middle of the path. Why people don't just automatically treat it like a road right-of-way is beyond me, so maybe they need a reminder.

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Old 10-17-2012, 07:48 AM
Location: Inman Park
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"lookey-loo's" lol.

I ran the trail last night aroun 8:30. It's really, really dark. Hope they can get funding for lights soon, no need to get anybody hurt, this thing should be safe whether it's day or night.

Also, I think the next CEO should emphasize SPEED. Just build the damn concrete walkway loop around the city, this shouldn't take that long. Once the basic's are done, the communities near the betline will organically start taking care of it (hopefully). And then you can go back and do some of the fancier stuff that is required for the mythical light rail.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:27 AM
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600+ Trees to be planted on the BeltLine!

Trees Atlanta to Plant 600+ Trees on Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail // Atlanta BeltLine
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