B1 – B6. Policies and Design Standards
B1. The City of Carrollton unanimously voted to approve the Complete Streets Policy in a resolution passed on December 14th, 2015. The city has not added any new roads since the Policy has been adopted, however, all road topping projects have bike lanes, road applications, or bike friendly wide shoulders to accommodate cyclists and slow motorists. The city is also adding sharrow road markings to further accentuate the bicycle-friendly road design.
B6. In addition to hosting and participating in conferences, the city officials and the public had a chance to listen to the executive director of Path Foundation, Ed McBrayer, who also consulted on the construction of the Carrollton GreenBelt, and Greta de Mayo, an architect and urban planner who owns Kaizen Collaborative. Together, they presented ideas and features that could be added to public streets to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians, and make biking and walking safer. In 2016, PATH celebrated 25 years of service to the Georgia/South Carolina community as well as reaching a significant milestone of building over 250 miles of trail.
Local leaders also participated in a workshop led by Mark Fenton, nationally renowned public health, planning, and transportation consultant, who praised Carrollton’s progress to create a healthier community, and branded the city “a model where you can see what your funding is doing,”. Mr. Fenton participated in three Get Healthy Live Well Summits since 2014.
B7 – B11. End-of-Trip Facilities
B7. End-of-trip facilities
Uncovered bike racks:
- On the square – each quadrant has a small bike rack for guests:
Covered bike racks:
- Parking decks:
- City Hall:
B8. The subject of bike repair stations is currently under review. A few locations have been selected for future installation and the Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt are looking for sponsors to purchase the tool stations. We are hoping to have at least one station ready to celebrate Bike Month in May 2017.
There are currently 10 publicly accessible air pumps. All of them are located at the bike share stations. For locations, please refer to the Carrollton GreenBelt Map and “Bike Share Stations”.
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B9. The City does not have a formal policy to follow APBP guidelines, however, the standards are available to the city employees and the majority of the newly installed bike racks conform with the guidelines.
B11. Our community actively embraces bicycling and several private initiatives have been put in place to welcome bike travel to destinations around our city.
Community sponsored racks:
- Off-GreenBelt, in front of the public pool:
- Grocery stores:
B13. Off-Street Bicycle Facilities
From Erica Studdard, City of Carrollton Community Development Director, and former Executive Director of Friends of carrollton greenbelt:
I first learned about the Carrollton GreenBelt when I moved here in 2004. I was a city planner who had just moved from Athens, Georgia. In the next seven years the GreenBelt concept- a 30-year plan for a bike trail encircling the city, remained alive and well, but we still did not have any trail on the ground. It was a really good idea, but it had no momentum. Public awareness for the project was moving just as slowly.
In April 2011, after attending a Park Pride conference in Atlanta, Laura Richards founded the Friends of Carrollton GreenBelt, a non-profit organization that partnered with the city to oversee the planning and construction of the Carrollton GreenBelt trail. The assembled team included trail designers, representatives from the Community Foundation of West Georgia, city leaders, a real estate specialist, several local community activists, and Ed McBrayer, the Executive Director of the PATH Foundation. McBrayer and his organization were the chief architects of the Silver Comet trail. During one of the early meetings the board formulated a plan to build the 16-mile loop by 2016. Construction began in the summer of 2011.
At the end of 2016 we closed both the 18-mile loop and a chapter on the single largest greenspace conservation and trail project the city has ever undertaken. We surpassed our original goal by adding two additional miles of trail to the project. I do not believe anyone anticipated the impact the GreenBelt would have on the local community.
Features of the Carrollton GreenBelt:
- 5 Trailheads with parking and other amenities (restrooms, water fountains).
- At least 8 other parking locations – some with amenities.
- Connects: several established neighborhoods; Carrollton City Schools; University of West Georgia; disc golf course; Lake Carroll docks and fishing; city parks, sports fields, public pool and playgrounds; Buffalo Creek Nature Walking Trail; churches; hospital campus of Tanner Medical Center; Housing Authority’s Elder and Disabled community; and industrial district.
- Bike share stations – 9 out of 10 stations are located on the trail.
- Other amenities provided or planned by the community: high school students work on butterfly garden (in the works for the spring), kayak ramp planned as boy scout project, and so on.
B13.b. The Carrollton GreenBelt crosses under 4 busy traffic corridors – Hays Mill Road, Newnan Road, Columbia Drive and Alabama Road, and, the “fan-favorite” covered railroad underpass.
Four other busy crossings feature new refuge islands and button activated crossing lights.
Additional safety measure – chicanes were installed in several locations to slow down the approach to busy intersections.
B13c. Way-finding – mile markers and elevation are marked on every sign. Crossroads and other locations feature signage with notable destinations and distance to reach them. Signs also provide information on right of way.
“Cut-throughs” and access paths were added to connect several neighborhoods with the trail. Notable ones include school access through Amy Lane and Nixon Street, and Avalon Drive spur connecting low-income and housing authority community to the trail.
Trail rules and etiquette are posted on trailheads and in parks the trail is passing through. The information is also available on CarrolltonGreenBelt.com.
B13d. The trail is maintained by the Parks and Facilities Department. Repairs are performed as needed, typically within a week of complaint. Information on reporting damage is available online. In addition to the Parks and Recreation’s department, there is an active volunteer program based on a Adopt-A-Trail model. The program is managed by Keep Carroll Beautiful (KCB), a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Please read the letter of support from Lindsay Pfau, the Executive Director of KCB.
B14 – B17. On-Street Bicycle Facilities
The total centerline mileage of road network in the City of Carrollton is 141 . Out of those:
University of West Georgia Campus – woonerf
Car free zone and woonerf are in place on the University of West Georgia Campus. The former is located between University Dr. and Back Campus Dr. and the latter is on Front Campus Dr. Please see the campus map.
According to Brendan Bowen, assistant vice president of Campus Planning & Facilities, CP&F has actively partnered with Parking and Transportation Services, community stakeholders, and design experts to develop a safe and efficient infrastructure for biking on campus under UWG President Kyle Marrero’s leadership
- Back Campus Drive will be ONE WAY running east to west starting just beyond Pub and Print Drive. (Refer to attached map). It will exit into Parker Drive on the west end, and access is prohibited from Parker Drive.
- Please observe a speed limit of 15 MPH at all times and be aware that the drive is intended for shared use by pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles.
- We are installing traffic gates at each end in late September. Until then, we are restricting traffic to faculty/staff parking and service vehicles. In the interim, P&T will place barricades and signs to restrict through-traffic. This rule will be strictly enforced 24/7 until the gates are installed.
- There are a limited number of faculty spaces in the new design. Please keep in mind that these spaces will likely be filled early in the morning, and for the safety of pedestrians, we discourage repeated searching for parking during peak pedestrian hours (9 am to 3 pm).
- All parking spaces are designed for BACK-IN PARKING. A diagram is attached and will be placed at each parking zone with instructions. Please do not attempt to park in the usual head-in manner.
- During the month of September, we will complete installation of light poles, landscaping, and site furnishings. We may need to close the drive to vehicular traffic for brief periods, and we will notify campus if this is required.
- Transit bus service should begin a route on Back Campus Drive with a stop at the library in late September. Official announcements will come from Parking and Transportation.
Bike lane – West Georgia Drive, University of West Georgia
West Georgia Drive is the main campus street of the Universtity of West Georgia. Bike lanes are available on both side of the street. More info on the bike lane project at the UWG Website – here.
25-35 mph. Please see the street improvements below.
B18 – B20. Other Bicycle Accommodations
B18. How has your community calmed traffic?
Altered road layout: Newnan Street, Birkdale Boulevard, Rome Street.
- Newnan Street streetscape changed to more walkable and bikable with the addition of wide sidewalks and pocket park in the business district. The pocket park houses a covered bike share station. The adjacent parking deck features covered bike rack on main level.
- Birkdale Boulevard is a main artery of a residential neighborhood. To calm traffic, median was added to the road and speed-feedback signs were installed.
- A section of the Carrollton GreenBelt runs alongside Rome Street. The street was narrowed to accommodate the share use path and new landscaping was added.
Road diets – Newnan Street, Rome Street,
- Newnan Road went through a road diet resulting in reduction of travel lanes from two to one each direction. Wide, ridable shoulders were added.
Lane Diets – Stewart Street, Austin Avenue,
Stewart Street before:Stewart Street After:
Speed feedback signals
10 speed feedback signs have been installed in the community. Locations include Maple Street, Rome Street, Forrest Drive, Birkdale Avenue, Hays Mill Road.
B19. In what other ways has your community improved riding conditions and amenities for on-street bicyclists?
Both the Carrollton Elementary School and the University of West Georgia have recently (2016 and 2015, respectively) removed on street parking and replaced it with buffered bike lanes.
Trojan Lane. Photo: FoCGB
B21. Bike Sharing
Video of the ribbon cutting:
The Zagster bike share was made possible by sponsors, who funded 100% of the program. This is a short term, app/GPS enabled system that operate 50 bikes and 10 stations. The Tanner Health System, Southwire Company and University of West Georgia provide free membership for their employees and students. The bike share is also available to the public – yearly membership costs $25 dollars and monthly $15. The membership entitles users to one hour of free service, with each additional hour charged at $3.
Between February 3 (launch) and February 7, the average number of rides a day was 30. So far the system registered 159 active users. Please reach out to us for up to date reporting!
B22 – B23. Other Bicycle-Related Amenities
B22. The Carrollton GreenBelt’s main loop is 16.3 miles long and is the longest paved loop in Georgia! The skate park, located in East Carrollton Park, is not only bike-friendly, but is also located just off the GreenBelt, as are the University of West Georgia’s three miles of nature trails. The trails can be accessed by mountain and fat tire bikes. Check out the trail map here.