If you are wondering how Atlanta budgeting A BILLION DOLLARS over 25 years ($40 million/year) to make their city amazing stacks up against Toronto, our City Council will spend hours tomorrow wringing their hands about (maybe) increasing the cycling budget from $12 million to $16 million per year.
In 2013, mayor Kasim Reed surprised everyone with the announcement that he planned for Atlanta to become a top 10 cycling city, within three years to boot.
While the plan might have appeared overly ambitious for a city which at the time probably had more miles of drive-thrus than bike lanes, Reed appears to be doing much more than just talking the talk. In October of last year, the city hired Becky Katz – an Atlanta Bicycle Coalition member and project manager for the city’s leading greenspace advocacy group – to be the city’s first Chief Bicycle Officer. Now he’s upped the ante in a big way with a $1 billion pledge toward bike and pedestrian projects, to be spent over the next 25 years.