News Briefs: Bike lane rebuff; Solar Atlanta; Nature’s Garden at Krog

BikeLanesThe Buckhead Coalition, an organization of business leaders, is opposing a state plan to add bike lanes along a portion of Peachtree Road in Buckhead. In a letter to state Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry, Coalition president Sam Massell wrote that “we respectfully urge the state, our city, and our CID to discontinue any further consideration of adding any such bike lanes on this public right-of-way,” the coalition said in a press release Nov. 23.

Mayor Kasim Reed joined Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, and Environment Georgia Executive Director Jennette Gayer on Nov. 23 to announce that the city will launch Solar Atlanta, its first solar energy program. The program will use existing state legislation and federal tax credits to purchase and install solar panels on 28 municipal buildings including recreation centers, fire stations and one police station. The solar installations will promote significant savings on the city’s electric bills and are projected to reduce the city’s carbon dioxide emissions by 73 million pounds, while saving 216 million gallons of water through the year 2030.

Nature’s Garden Express (NGE) will open its 410 square foot market stall and 200 square foot Juice Bar at Krog Street Market in early December. NGE will supply everything from organic, locally grown produce and cold pressed juices to an array of kitchen staples including grass-fed dairy & eggs, vegan cashew cheeses, Lummi Island Wild seafood, and whole grain breads.  The store will offer a variety of artisanal food products including nut butters, raw local honey, Preserving Place specialty jams, gourmet pasta & sauces, Simply Seoul kimchi, Zocalo salsas and tamales, Simply Fresh ToGo meals, olive oils, gluten-free pizza crusts, kombucha on tap and more. Next to the new grocery stall, the juice bar will offer smoothies, wheatgrass elixirs, and NGEs own line of cold-pressed juices.