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PATH400…Becoming the PATH More Travelled

Although it’s not easy to see from the road, the PATH400 Greenway Trail construction is continuing north, and will soon provide more options for commuters heading to the Perimeter.  Created by Livable Buckhead, the trail provides a multi-use path for bikers and walkers that parallels GA 400.  Sections of the trail around Miami Circle are already getting use, even though they don’t lead anywhere yet, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC).  By next Spring, the Miami Circle path will connect through to Peachtree Park.

Biking and walking to work in the Piedmont Park area has become more popular since the BeltLine opened five years ago.  The car-free route from Piedmont Park to Inman Park is busy with commuters, strollers, and recreational walkers and cyclists.  Businesses nearby have benefitted from the BeltLine as well.  Soon, commuters on the North side will experience this as well.

Ty Tagami, of the AJC, writes, “The next segments of the PATH400 will cut through scrub woods along the verge of Ga. 400 and MARTA’s north-south line. About half of the Buckhead portion of the 5.2 mile trail is paved. Future sections will carry it through Sandy Springs to Dunwoody, adding a couple more miles.”

The BeltLine doesn’t just bring improved commute options.  The PATH400 has become a place for community involvement and expression, through greenspaces, pocket parks, and more.  Check out these highlights of PATH400:

• May the force be with your bike commute. If you haven’t travelled along PATH400’s newest sections in Buckhead, you can get a great visual tour of the paths and Star Wars art HERE, thanks to Josh Green of Curbed Atlanta.

• The PATH gets greener with gardening. During the construction of PATH400, workers discovered an unofficial community garden along the route.  The garden was created by residents of the Atlanta Housing Authority’s nearby Marian Road high-rise.  PATH400 leaders were inspired to take this gardening to the next level, according to Tracy Paden of Livable Buckhead’s “The Dirt.”  Thanks to residents of that community, Livable Buckhead, the Atlanta Office of Sustainability, and local employers, more than 30 volunteers worked to create vegetable planter beds that spell out PATH400.  The beds will be maintained by Marian Road high-rise residents.  Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, the nonprofit organization spearheading PATH400 in Buckhead, said “We love that spirit, and we wanted to bring it into the project in a way that engages the local community and creates a unique amenity for this area.”

For Perimeter workers, PATH400 will provide more flexibility for commutes to work and increased mobility options.  It will also improve commutes during the work day – imagine cycling down the BeltLine for a meeting, to grab lunch, or just get in a mid-day workout!  We’ll keep you posted on all the PATH400 progress, so stay tuned!

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