2. Street Committees - Advocacy in Action
Community advocates from High-Injury Network corridors are actively working to develop community-based, design-driven safety changes. In 2021 we formed two street committees - Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Moreland Avenue. Committee members are residents and community members of each corridor working to advance the mobility, safety, equity, and affordability principles of the ONE Atlanta Strategic Transportation Plan. Ten street committee members completed our safe streets training in the fall of 2020. Each committee is working in their respective communities to introduce their work and build a coalition of support for safety recommendations.
Meet the Committee Members
Want to support the street committees, ask questions, or provide feedback?
- Email the Hollowell Parkway Safe Street Committee at [email protected]
- Email the Moreland Avenue Safe Street Committee at [email protected]
This work is made possible with support from the Energy Foundation.
3. Atlanta Families for Safe Streets - Families in the Fight
Atlanta Families for Safe Streets (AFSS) is a local chapter of the national Families for Safe Streets organization. Families for Safe Streets connects individuals who have lost loved ones or have been injured in a crash with support and training to use their experiences to advocate for change. The Atlanta chapter was put on hold during covid-19 and has not been reactivated yet - we are fundraising to be able to fully staff and support this program.Sign up
[This page has been updated with information about changes to the project that resulted from advocacy campaigns. For status updates on the Cascade project, visit the Renew Atlanta / TSPLOST webpage. Construction was initially scheduled to start in December 2020 but as of January 2021, it has been postponed to summer 2021.]
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 the construction funding was cut due to budget shortfalls. At the same time, 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.) A section of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Westview was funded as well and completed in 2018.
Following a community-led #RespectCascade action to highlight the urgent need for safety improvements on Cascade Avenue, the City of Atlanta revised the Cascade Complete Street project to include some safety improvements that could be added during the street resurfacing. Elements include bus stop enhancements, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian safety improvements.
We will continue to support communities along Cascade Ave in calling on the City of Atlanta to keep the vision of a safer, more accessible Cascade corridor alive.308 signatures
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.