Voices for Healthy Kids
February 17, 2017
Streets are the great connectors of any neighborhood. They don’t just lead communities from one place to another in cars, they bring people together on bike rides, morning jogs, and evening strolls. However, in some parts of Atlanta, the opposite is true: streets are unsafe for people who walk, bike, or roll because there are so few bike lanes, sidewalks, curb ramps, or crosswalks. This not only limits our options for how to travel, but it also discourages being physically active. But that is changing.
Voters recently approved TSPLOST, a proposal that secured $166,790,304 from a 0.4% sales tax increase during the next five years for a variety of street, sidewalk and trail projects inside the city, including the Atlanta BeltLine and the Atlanta Bike Share program.
Specifically, the following was secured:
Creating safe and accessible routes for everyone gives people the option to add more physical activity to their daily routines—which has proven to help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and strokes. TSPLOST will provide additional transportation options and allow travelers in Atlanta to choose healthy and safe options.