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ATLANTA -- Cyclists will soon enjoy more and safer bike routes around Atlanta after $2.47 million in funding for 26 new projects.

Several two-way bicycle paths are included in the project plan. New "cycle tracks" will connect Castleberry Hill to downtown, Midtown to Piedmont Park and the Old Fourth Ward to Freedom Park. Buffered bicycle lanes are set for Ponce De Leon Avenue.

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta City Council signed off on the projects to attract new riders by connecting neighborhoods to the Atlanta BeltLine and activity/employment centers.

"Over the next three years, we have over $62 million in transportation projects planned for construction that include new bicycle paths, lanes and routes," Reed said, in a statement. "This new funding supports my vision for complete streets that are designed for all citizens and modes of transportation."