D Gordon Draves

  • signed Cascade Road/Avenue 2019-10-08 14:52:39 -0400

    Cascade Road, Cascade Avenue, and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard are three sections of one critical corridor that serves dozens of Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods.

    Two of the three sections, Cascade Road and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, are part of the High-Injury Network and ranked among the most dangerous roads in the city of Atlanta. The third section -- connecting these two High Injury streets -- is Cascade Avenue.

    On January 19, 2019, David Gordon, a 52-year-old beloved longtime resident of Cascade Ave, was struck and killed by a driver while crossing Cascade Ave. He was in a crosswalk. The collision happened less than a quarter-mile mile from where the street name changes to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard.

    A “Complete Street” project was proposed in 2016 to address the hazardous conditions on Cascade Avenue, where David lost his life, but Renew Atlanta cut the funding because of budget shortfalls.

    Thanks to the persistent work of community leaders and local advocates, in March 2019, Cascade Road in District 11 received funding to become a Complete Street. Complete Streets are roads with safe spaces for people in all modes of transportation, whether they are walking, biking or scooting, and driving. The Cascade Road project will improve access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and create safer streets for biking, walking, and driving. A section of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Westview was funded as well and completed in 2018. 

    The Cascade Avenue section of the corridor received design-only funding for the Complete Street and a budget to resurface the road. Resurfacing this section of Cascade Avenue allows for some minimal safety improvements, such as narrowing lanes and repainting existing crosswalks. What it doesn’t pay for are things like Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (a red light to protect people using crosswalks; see figure below), medians, and sidewalks.


    Person crossing a four lane street via a crosswalk with its own red light signal
    Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon protects pedestrians crossing Buford Highway.
    (Source: U.S. Department of Highway Safety)

    Join communities along Cascade Ave in calling on the City of Atlanta to create a safer Cascade through the funded resurfacing project. 

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    On the crash heat map below, the intersection of Cascade Avenue and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard is marked by glowing red and yellow embers, meaning many people walking have been hit by cars at this crossing. 


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  • commented on Thank you! 2017-10-23 14:14:43 -0400
    On the last STREETS ALIVE on Peachtree Street, there were too many walkers going all across the streets, instead of walking on the right side of the street.

    There were people sitting in the street where they could have sat on the sidewalk or further in.

    There were trash cans in the street instead on the curb.

    There were blockade barriers at the active intersections.

    I only saw one policeman doing what I though the police were supposed to do—monitor the intersection and allow us to pass if there were no cars coming, instead we stood at red lights.

    So this STREETS ALIVE was NOT fun. That is until 6 PM, when people got off the streets and we could ride faster.

    I am pro little houses, but not when they are parked in the street. There were driveways that weren’t being used where those things could have been set up and not narrow the riding street.

    So maybe a sign or two with encouragement to walk, bike, rollerskate, etc. to the right—farther to the right, so center is for passing—would help flow. Being on the brakes all the time is not fun. Wiggling down the street to avoid walkers, etc. is not fun.

    If I want to go that slow, I will walk next time.

    The worst was the blocking of most of the street with barriers at intersections. That narrowed the street absolutely too much. Have the police direct traffic, and let us go across when there are no cars coming.

    The food trucks on Broad weren’t evident. So a map may help direct people to them and know the extent of the event. When more than 100,000 people show up, printing a map may be expensive. However, it would have your contact info, and a notice about joining, so increased membership may off-set any costs. Also, maybe mention about keeping to the ride and pass on the left, etc. could be included.

    Thank you!

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