The Atlanta BeltLine: The Beginning of an Integrated Bike Network
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The City of Atlanta must develop a network of safe and comfortable routes in order to support those who use alternative transportation. The Atlanta BeltLine is a project currently underway that has the potential to initiate development of this greatly needed infrastructure. However, analysis has yet to be done showing if and how this project will contribute to a larger framework of connectivity for pedestrian and cyclists. This paper aims to answer the question, "How is the BeltLine impacting bicycle and pedestrian connectivity and how can Atlanta optimize this potential?" A literature review will summarize existing research supporting similar bike network development techniques in other cities throughout North America. The approach taken to establish additional research supporting the hypothesis will described prior to the revelation of the actual data analysis. finally, the paper will conclude with policy recommendations based on the outcome of the data analysis.