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The City of Atlanta launched demonstration project for the Peachtree

LaShaun Williams

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ATLANTA, GA — The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning launched a demonstration project for the Peachtree Shared Space Study on June 22, 2021.

This demonstration project is testing elements that encourage walking, biking, as well as transit as the principal modes of transportation when at the same time allowing cars to drive through at slow speeds.

The City of Atlanta Department of City Planning has partnered with the City’s Department of Transportation and they led this demonstration project.

Phase one of the projects will be applied on Peachtree Street between Baker Street and Ellis Street. Additional space will be made for pedestrians by using paint striping, planters and wheel stops and making a new mid-block crossing at Peachtree Center.

“The demonstration project will allow us to give space back to people, rather than focus solely on vehicles, and fulfill a need for more public spaces in our city," said Tim Keane, Commissioner of City Planning. "As we experience a new wave of growth, we need Peachtree Street, and all of our public spaces, to be recreated as exceptionally designed places for all people every day."

The study is based on an initial idea developed by the Atlanta City Studio in 2018. There are various designs for shared spaces. However, typically they are curbless and include features like special pavement, reduced road markings, as well as signage, pedestrian-only comfort zones near buildings, mixed zones for all modes in the center and integrated gathering spaces.

A number of other global cities have already implemented these shared space designs for their signature streets. For example, in London, there is Exhibition Road while there is Bell Street in Seattle.

The phasing of the demonstration project, as well as the use of temporary materials, will enable elements of the shared space design to be tested and refined before using permanent material. Data from this project will be gathered before, during and after the installation of the demonstration project.

Residents are encouraged to give their feedback regarding this installation through an online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PeachtreeDemo.

“This is just the beginning of a cultural shift of how we use public space in the city. We want to test it to make tweaks along the way, so we can create a space that embodies the culture of our city and a beautiful experience for all of the users of this space,” said the Department of City Planning’s project manager for this study, Monique Forte.

To learn more about the project visit https://www.sharepeachtree.com/ or you can email the project teams at peachtree@atlantaga.gov

For more detailed information about shared spaces visit https://www.sharepeachtree.com/demo.

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