Piedmont Avenue Complete Street Project
Piedmont Avenue is one of Atlanta’s key north-south connections between the Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead activity centers. The segment through Midtown in particular serves as an important link within the city’s rapidly developing network of high-quality bike infrastructure. However, its current condition exhibits major pedestrian/bike safety issues, pervasive vehicular speeding, underutilized parking areas and ADA issues.
In 2016, Midtown Alliance (working with Renew Atlanta) hired Lord Aeck Sargent to lead a conceptual design and public outreach process for the segment of Piedmont between Ponce de Leon Avenue and 15th Streets. Working with Kimley-Horn as our transportation partner, LAS identified and analyzed issues and opportunities within the corridor in order to develop “complete street” concepts balancing vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian mobility. The conceptual designs were used to facilitate a highly collaborative public input process. The resulting “preferred” alternative includes enhanced pedestrian crossings, maximization of on-street permanent parking, traffic-calming measures and a northbound protected bike lane connected to five existing bike routes.