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Atlanta Planner Awarded for Innovative Approach to Boosting Bike & Pedestrian Travel

Post Date:09/18/2013 12:00 PM
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News Release

Atlanta Planner Awarded for Innovative Approach to Boosting Bike & Pedestrian Travel

ATLANTA ---  The City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development announced today that Joshuah Mello, Assistant Director of Planning and Transportation, received the Professional of the Year Award (public sector) from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The award was presented at the 2013 APBP conference last week.

APBP says Mello was recognized for his “fast-paced, persuasive approach to creating a more bicycle-friendly, walk-able Atlanta.” Only two professionals were selected nationwide for the honor.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my peers for the innovative work being done by the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Atlanta,” said Mello. “I look forward to continuing our focus on improving the city's bicycle and pedestrian environment.”

Mello joined the Office of Planning in December 2010. He has helped to implement several bike and pedestrian projects from the city’s first comprehensive transportation plan, known as the Connect Atlanta Plan. It outlines improvements for making sidewalks, streets and intersections safe for pedestrians, wheelchairs and bicycles.

“The contributions that Joshuah Mello has made to the Department of Planning and Community Development and the City of Atlanta have been tremendous,” said James E. Shelby, Commissioner for the Department of Planning and Community Development. “Because of his passion for his work and his dedication to increasing access to all modes of transportation for all citizens, we are making great strides with improving streets, sidewalks and bike lanes citywide.”

In February, Mayor Kasim Reed signed legislation to fund $2.47 million to create new, high-quality bicycle projects.

“Joshuah has a laser focus on ensuring that 26 new projects designed to enhance bike safety and efficiency get completed on time and on budget,” said Charletta Jacks, Director of the Office of Planning..

The City of Atlanta has set the following bicycle transportation goals to meet by 2016, which include:

• Doubling the percentage of people who bike to work from 1.1 percent to 2.2 percent
• Becoming top ten U.S. city for cycling to work and cycling safety
• Doubling total miles of bicycle lanes/cycle tracks to 60
• Doubling total miles of linked shared-use paths to 60
• Securing Silver or Gold Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Cyclists, joining the ranks of Boston and Denver
• Introducing bicycle sharing program that supports local economy

These bicycle transportation goals are helping Mayor Reed address several strategies in Power to Change, the City’s long-term sustainability plan for improving air quality, community health/vitality, job creation and competitiveness and transportation.

About the Department of Planning and Community Development:
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to plan and implement the future by guiding the physical and economic development of the City while enhancing the quality of life for all through a comprehensive range of planning, design review, construction plan approval, and housing preservation and assistance services and programs.

About Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals provides expertise for sustainable transportation and is the only professional membership organization for the discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation. APBP members are employees of all levels of government, consulting firms and non-profits who work in the engineering, planning, landscape architecture, police, safety, health and promotion fields and specialize in improving conditions for bicycling and walking. For more information about the organization, visit .

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