When we first learned about Road Safety Audits (a formal safety performance examination of an existing or future road or intersection by an independent audit team. at a conference, we got back to the office and did some research.
The Federal Highway Administration's website has an entire section
dedicated to the topic with some good resources and trainings. We immediately saw a great need for audits of Atlanta streets and applied for an FHWA grant to conduct one. Then we thought, why not conduct two?! And host a workshop? So that's what we did.
Attendance at the workshop, held in fall of 2011 at Atlanta City Hall, included participants from GDOT, Atlanta Regional Commission, DeKalb County, MARTA, and the private sector. Following the workshop, a smaller group formed Atlanta's first Bicycle Road Safety Audit Team (A1BRSAT for short...) and got to work assessing two of Atlanta's top bike crash avenues: Ponce de Leon and North Highland. The final report, replete with graphs and maps and other goodies, is attached, and sections are excerpted below.
Excitingly enough, our suggestions for Ponce de Leon were already under consideration by city of Atlanta officials and were incorporated into an application for Livable Centers Initiative funding. The $5 million project will include "a road diet to reduce typical section to 4-through lanes plus a center turn lane and bike lanes, also sidewalk, crowalk and signal upgrades, two multi-use path connections to the Beltline, and bus stop improvements." Wow!
We're indebted to the FHWA for funding this project, the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety for helping us connect with the grant opportunity, FHWA trainer Craig Allred for giving the excellent workshop, Audit Team members including Jeff McMichael, Byron Rushing, Michael Turpeau and Kesha Wynn, and especially to Dan Nabors and Elissa Goughnour at VHB
for leading the team and completing the report.
Please read more for a summary, visit the photoset
, or view the attached pdf for the full report.