Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has announced an aggressive mobility plan for the city. The initiative, called Vision Zero, has an aim of zero traffic fatalities or serious injuries. And a huge part of the plan will be focused on micro-mobility, given some of the challenges Atlanta has had in the sector.
- Atlanta announces the launch of a new plan to improve transportation and mobility in the city.
- Vision Zero includes hiring a person to head the city’s newly-formed Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT).
- The Atlanta Vision Zero plan will span three years and cost $200 million.
Atlanta is enacting a major mobility initiative aimed at reducing the city’s traffic fatalities to zero and curbing all serious vehicle injuries as well.
The plan, called Vision Zero, follows on the heels of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms launching the new Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT), to address a range of transportation issues, as detailed in a city press release.
Leading with the announcement of Josh Rowan to head ATLDOT, the press release details a strategy spanning the tripling of protected bike lanes to using technology to better manage traffic congestion.
Atlanta’s Vision Zero plan also includes resurfacing 200 miles of roads in the city. (Photo: City of Atlanta)
Vision Zero also aims to address some of Atlanta’s issues with micro-mobility vehicles like e-scooters and e-bikes, which have become a huge safety issue in the city. In August, Atlanta actually banned e-scooters at night, after four e-scooter riders were killed by drivers, as detailed in a Streets Blog USA report. The 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew imposed by Mayor Bottoms, following the death of the riders, has been the focal of growing controversy about the devices.
In addition to addressing some of the concerns with micro-mobility, the Vision Zero plan is also focused on making substantial improvements to Atlanta’s traditional public transit system.
The total construction and completion of the plan will cost $200 million and is slated to take three years.
WHY THIS MATTERS
Vision Zero is a vital step for Atlanta in addressing the concerns raised with the growth of micro-mobility services in the city along with other transportation issues, in a more comprehensive manner. The plan is also indicative of how micro-mobility will become more pivotal in how municipalities plan and develop their transportation and mobility initiatives.