Bike Infrastructure Evaluation of Midtown Atlanta, A GIS and Statistics Based Study
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Metro Atlanta has experienced a surge in population growth in the past few decades. Midtown is one of the most attractive neighborhoods to companies, businesses, and residents, new and old. From daily observations to Census data, today Atlanta’s transportation network is still heavily dependent on cars for commute. The growing need for cars will lead to further traffic congestion, air pollution, and pressure to increase road infrastructure. Studies from many organizations and institutes have shown the great benefits of biking for individuals. Better Health in Victoria, Australia identified three major benefits of biking: protection from serious diseases; personal enjoyment of low-impact exercise; and the ease of fitting it into trips to shops, school, and work (Betterhealth Channel, 2018). Another huge benefit of encouraging non-motorized transportation modes is the reduction of carbon emissions, which will lead to a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly city. Therefore, encouraging biking in Atlanta is very important.