News Briefs: Bike lane dedication; BeltLine membership drive; Displacement Free Zones

Dennis Hoffarth (Courtesy Atlanta Bicycle Coalition)
Dennis Hoffarth (Courtesy Atlanta Bicycle Coalition)

The Atlanta City Council has passed legislation introduced by Councilmember Kwanza Hall to dedicate the section of bike lanes on Peachtree Street between Ralph McGill and Pine Street in honor of Atlant Bicycle Coalition co-founder Dennis Hoffarth, who died of complications related to a brain tumor in July. A dedication ceremony will be held Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the northeast corner of Peachtree Street and Ralph McGill to unveil the Dennis Hoffarth Memorial Bike Lane.

The Atlanta Beltline Partnership (ABP), with the support of digital marketing agencey Nebo, has announced the launch of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership Member Drive. The ABP is offering users and enthusiasts the chance to win unique gifts including a custom-commissioned Tiny Door from local artist Karen Anderson, a Mantra fixed-gear, single speed bike from Mountain High Outfitters or the opportunity to walk in the 2017 Atlanta BeltLine Lantern Parade with the Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons. Membership packages begin at $45 and can be purchased at buildthebeltline.org.

In an effort to prevent the eviction of low-income property owners and small businesses due to the impact of gentrification in urban neighborhoods, Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms has introduced legislation requesting a report on establishing Displacement Free Zones in the city. If the legislation is approved, the Department of Planning and Community Development would have 120 days to provide its findings to the Atlanta City Council.

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