Originally Posted by velonomad
I lived in Atllanta for almost seven years ( 77-83) and commuted most everyday from near Oglethorpe U to Peachtree and 15th(Colony Square) Commuting was a pain in the azz since the two direct routes to where I needed to go were either Peachtree rd or Piedmont ave and both were narrow busy roads then and sucked to ride on. Has it improved now? does Marta allow bikes on the trains?
I'm not sure Peachtree south of Oglethorpe has improved much for cycling since traffic has increased. The lanes are still too narrow for sharing, there. As you head north to P'tree Ind. Blvd., lanes widen, but speeds increase.
Downtown neighborhoods are being snatched up by higher income residents, and developers are aggressively building condos there. Even the old defunct factory (I forget what it produced, but I've never seen it active) by Boulevard and Memorial Drive has been turned into apartment lofts. Most growth has been in the outlying areas, however, and places that were once rural are thick with shopping, suburban developments and heavy traffic. If there's anything I remember about the roads during the time 1977-1983, they were often old and ill-maintained. Since then, many roads have been widened considerably and divided with grass medians.
I ride East-West from Stone Mountain area to Piedmont near Auburn Ave. I ride past Agnes Scott College in Decatur, through Inman Park (which has been taken over by higher income residents, although Little Five Points remains a counter-culture haven.) MARTA trains now run east almost to Stone Mountain and north to both North Springs (by GA 400) and Doraville. Bikes are allowed on trains (if it's not too crowded to get in) and all MARTA buses have bike racks.
You'd be amazed at the growth in the last 25 years. (did I talk too much?)