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Atlanta bike-sharing program to launch with 500 bikes

(Atlanta Business Chronicle) Mayor Kasim Reed has signed a contract to start the city's bike-sharing program with 500 bicycles and 50 rental stations throughout the city.

The contract is with CycleHop, the bike share operator, and its partners Social Bicycles and local firms Center Forward and Iconologic, according to a press release issued by the city's Department of Planning & Community Development.

Atlanta's bike share program is expected to launch later this year.

FHLBank Atlanta, Atlanta BeltLine offer funding for new homes, rehabilitation

(ATLANTA BUSINESS CHRONICLE) Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta has teamed with Atlanta BeltLine Inc. on an affordable housing finance partnership that offers a cumulative $600,000 in grant funding to buy new homes or rehabilitate existing homes along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.

Atlanta Beltline said funding is available exclusively to FHLBank Atlanta member financial institutions and their eligible customers who earn 80 percent or less than the area median income.

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

Citizens’ University to kick off for 11th year

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Fulton County’s Citizens’ University begins April 2 for the 11th consecutive year.

The 12-week intensive training program provides citizens with a close-up view of how their local government works. Participants can gain a better understanding of County government, the available services and the role of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner Joan Garner, District 4, has taken the lead in continuing Citizens’ University, which is an initiative originally led by former Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards.

Citizens’ University students learn how laws are proposed, passed and amended and they personally interact with key management personnel. Participants are urged to take what they learn back to their communities to strengthen ties between communities and their government and encourage more collaboration to enhance the quality of life in Fulton County.

Atlanta launches civil rights tour

Atlanta launches civil rights tour

ATLANTA -- When he sees the decaying buildings in Atlanta's sweet auburn district, Tom Houck sees a civil rights history story that mostly goes untold.

"Down on Auburn Avenue there were several pool halls. Dr. King would be a frequent visitor to many of them," Houck told 11Alive's Doug Richards.

It's a story of decaying buildings that thrived in the 1960's. It includes the one-time headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the American Legion pool hall across the street, and the boarded-up YMCA a few blocks west.

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

Weekend roadwork: More sign and bridge work

(WXIA) -- Once again, drivers in the Atlanta area are asked to avoid non-essential travel on Interstate 285 this weekend.

Georgia Department of Transportation road crews will work on several stretches of roads and highways throughout the area Friday night through Monday morning. Many of the projects will require lane closures, which could result in delays.

As always, all work is weather permitting. See this weekend's forecast.

Scheduled projects include:

Coweta County
1 southbound lane of I-85 will be closed at Sharpsburg-McCullum Road from 9 p.m. Friday to 12 p.m. Monday for barrier wall installation.

DeKalb County
2 northbound lanes of I-285 will be closed between Covington Highway and I-20 from 7:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 a.m. Sunday for sign structure work.

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

Defense rests case in APS cheating trial

The defense rested its case in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal trial on Tuesday.

Judge Jerry Baxter announced closing arguments will begin on March 19.

Jurors have listened to testimony for six months now. The trial began back in August 2014.

Twelve former APS educators are accused of cheating on standardized tests in 2009.

GA Senators pass private funding bill for Atlanta BeltLine

ATLANTA -- A bill to allow further public-private partnerships to fund work along the Atlanta BeltLine will soon be considered by the Georgia House of Representatives.

Senators overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 4 on Friday with a 43 to 3 vote.

The move comes as critics say lawsuits, red tape and rising construction costs have stalled progress along the planned 22-mile continuous loop around the city.

In the last 10 years, only 11 miles have been completed. Huge stretches still sit untouched, overgrown and impassable.

Mark Surdyka routinely walks his dog along the stretch that's finished in front of the apartment he rents.

"I'd love for it to be finished. I'd be interested in walking a lot of it, but right now this stretch is all we have," said Surdyka.