This week, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the city’s first-ever pop-up bike lane.

The project – which runs from Myrtle Street to Juniper on 10th Street – is designed to provide connectivity in Atlanta’s bike network, giving cyclists and scooter riders a safe pathway to get from the Beltline to Peachtree Street. Data collected from the pop-up bike lane will be used to get a better picture of how bicycles and scooters impact the community and the local infrastructure.

The pop-up – which runs for one week – is the first step toward implementing the Action Plan For Safer Streets. By the end of 2021, the City plans to triple its on-street protected bike network while making improvements to more than twenty miles of Atlanta streets.

Reviews of the demonstration project have been mostly positive. We spoke to a veteran bicycle commuter who rides from East Atlanta to Midtown to get his perspective about the lane.