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Bike Share comes to Buckhead

Guest column by Anna Sharp

ALS_PHOTO-smOne of my favorite parts of Atlanta over the last few years is really seeing the connectivity in this city grow exponentially. With the introduction of new trails like PATH400 it feels like Atlanta is finally coming out of its weird adolescent years.

The addition of the Relay Bike Share is an added bonus on utilizing the new-found connectivity of the city. Relay Bike Share is a citywide bike share program. Chances are you may have spotted around town already, they are the very hip new baby blue bikes and they are now coming to Buckhead! Three new bike share stations will be popping up this month at; the Lenox and Buckhead MARTA stations (hitting the yellow and red line), as well as the Piedmont Center office park, which really helps link an almost suburban office park to the heart of Buckhead.

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Safety & Security on PATH400

path400camerasDenise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, gives us the dirt on PATH400 progress.

A Closer Look at PATH400…SAFETY

Safety on PATH400 has been a consideration from the start.  Let’s face it, if you don’t feel safe you aren’t going to use it – plain and simple. So PATH400 has several safety features that you may not even know are there.
 
Let’s start with the easy one. Do you always feel like somebody’s watching you? If so, you’re not paranoid! PATH400 is outfitted with state-of-the-art security cameras at all major points of entry…and those cameras are monitored in the Atlanta Police Department’s Video Integration Center. “The VIC” (as all the cool kids call it) is in the same room as the city’s 911 operators. So, should there be an incident (let’s hope not) the 911 operators can take over the cameras and see what is going on. Zone 2 can log into them and spot issues as well.
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News on PATH400

  • SweetWater Brewery and Livable Buckhead Team Up
  • Livable Buckhead and Office of Sustainability Install Planter Beds
  • Bike PATH400 with the AJC
  • Snakes Are On The Move Again

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Construction Update – May 2017

It’s Raining…Trees! Many thanks to the City of Atlanta’s Senior Arborist, Jasen Johns, for working with us to get a whole bunch of new mac daddy trees planted on PATH400 between Old Ivy and Wieuca Roads. These aren’t any playschool beginner trees – they are good sized beauties and we got them in just in time […]

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Join Livable Buckhead and SweetWater Brewing Company for Beneficial Brews on June 7

Taste a limited-edition custom brew and support PATH400, Buckhead sustainability programs

ATLANTA – May 25, 2017 – Like Beer? Want a better Buckhead? We’ve got the event for you. On Wednesday, June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., SweetWater Brewing Company is donating a portion of the proceeds from its taproom tours to support Livable Buckhead. For $12, you get a souvenir pint glass and tastes of 36 oz. of SweetWater brews, including a limited edition special cask – named SustainaBrew – created especially for Livable Buckhead and only available at the June 7 event.

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Urban Agriculture and Community Engagement Take Root on PATH400

Livable Buckhead and Office of Sustainability install planter beds for community gardens

ATLANTA – April 28, 2017 – A new kind of greenspace has come to PATH400: community gardens. When construction on the segment of PATH400 between Sidney Marcus Rd. and Miami Circle began about 18 months ago, crews discovered that residents of the Atlanta Housing Authority’s nearby Marian Road highrise had been using a tucked-away piece of land to grow vegetables. PATH400’s leaders were inspired to take this “guerilla gardening” to the next level and made plans to create a community garden space on the trail.
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PATH400 as a commute option

Exploring the newest section of PATH400 to go to construction.

News on PATH400

Behind the Scenes Tour – What does being a donor to PATH400 get you? Well for one, a sneak peek into the next phase of PATH400 construction – behind the locked fences with your own personal tour guide (ahem – me of course)! As an added feature, participants havrthe opportunity to talk with Livable Buckhead board members during the tour.

15 lucky people enjoyed an amazing Spring day in a hike along the MARTA rail line to see the area between Miami Circle and the Gordon Bynum bridge. Luckily, not one sighting of a snake!

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Initial clearing of Sidney Marcus to the Gordon Bynum pedestrian bridge .

The DIRT – Construction Update

Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, gives us the dirt on PATH400 progress.

Instead of reading tea leaves for this report, I opted to look to the stars and found inspiration:  

“2017 is a year wide open with opportunities for Sagittarians. There is plenty of energy that will prompt you to dig in and make tremendous progress.”   

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10,000 Steps on PATH400

10,000 sIMG_5139teps per day: this is a good goal for someone walking for general fitness.

How far is 10,000 steps? An average person has a stride length of approximately 2.1 to 2.5 feet. That means that it takes over 2,000 steps to walk one mile; and 10,000 steps would be almost 5 miles. A sedentary person may only average 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. For these people adding steps has many health benefits. The completed mile on PATH400 from Lenox Road to Wieuca Road would be 4,000 steps round-trip.

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