It’s no doubt that over the past couple years; the Atlanta Beltline has been one of the most popular spots to be. Whether you’re walking, jogging, biking, or skating. The scenery is great and there’s just so much to do with the surrounding attractions.
Unfortunately, the Beltline has a crippling weakness that a majority of locals can attest to, and that’s darkness. After the sun sets and the moon takes over, the Beltline loses the magic it has in the daytime.
This has brought up safety concerns, which was to be expected. Lots of families stroll up and down the Beltline, so it’s definitely a hazard. Cyclists have a hard time seeing and this all racks up on the list of potential dangers.
Luckily the concerns are being dealt with by Kwanza Hall, who is sponsoring the project. He understands the problem and will take the topic to vote with the Atlanta City Council.
“There are definitely a lot of cyclists who go up and down the corridor. I’m a cyclist myself and you can’t see as easily,” Hall stated.
Hall has also announced that this project will be paid for by the Department of Transportation.
The final plans for the Beltline will be to add lighting, seating on the sides of the path, and an on-ramp for easier access to the Beltline.
“Right now, there’s no way to enter the Beltline without going inside of Ponce City Market or going back around buildings,” Hall said. “We will have an actual on-ramp right here where you can just walk up to the Beltline.”
It’s definitely a big improvement for the city, and this will only bring more excitement to the Beltline and the Ponce de Leon area.