Sarah Ebert

  • signed Sign Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway Petition 2022-02-22 11:51:51 -0500

    Support proposed changes for a safer Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway

    On September 6, 2019, 14-year-old Jermaine “J.J.” Wallace, Jr. was killed by a speeding driver as he waited for the school bus on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

    “His mother rushed to the scene to find her son in critical condition laying in the street. Paramedics rushed the Douglas High freshman to Grady Memorial Hospital, but he did not survive. Dorothy Porter, who is a mother of four, fought back tears as she talked to FOX 5 Aungelique Proctor about the unexpected loss. ‘My son was the life of this house. My son was everywhere. Everybody loved Jermaine Jr. Everybody. My son was an honor roll student. He never missed school,’ Ms. Porter recalled."



    In Atlanta, some 8% of Atlanta’s streets account for 88% of fatalities and 52% of severe injuries, and just 10 streets account for one-third of traffic fatalities. Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, named after the prominent Atlanta civil rights attorney, is among the ten most dangerous corridors forming Atlanta’s High-Injury Network

    High-Injury Network streets are not evenly distributed across the city — in fact, roughly two­-thirds of the network is located west of Northside Drive or south of I-­20. On the whole, neighborhoods with more miles of the High­-Injury Network had lower median incomes, a larger share of Black residents, higher rates of walking, biking, and taking transit to work, and lower rates of vehicle ownership.

    The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Pedestrian Safety Action Plan says Donald Lee Hollowell is one of the “top corridors in Georgia with clear patterns of pedestrian crashes that resulted in serious or fatal injuries,” and in 2019 its Atlanta Intown Multimodal Safety Analysis Study found that Hollowell was among the corridors with high rates of people being hit by speeding drivers.

    For decades, residents have decried the lives lost and advocated for safety improvements for Donald Lee Hollowell. Tragically, their efforts were ignored — until recently. 

    In 2018, the City of Atlanta asked the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to make a section of Hollowell near the Bankhead MARTA station safer with a lane reduction to reduce speed. GDOT’s District 7 denied the request at the time, but the pressure to prioritize safety over speed on state routes continued to grow. Community activism combined with attention from the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, PEDS, other organizations, elected officials, and City staff, along with GDOT’s own safety goals finally led to concrete results.

    In 2019, following J.J.’s death, neighborhood leaders and elected officials organized a series of town hall meetings called “One Corridor.” Alongside public agencies and state elected officials, community members discussed the challenges facing people trying to use or cross Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway.

    Around this time, GDOT initiated an analysis of state routes in Atlanta. The study, released in 2020, found that redesigning the most dangerous corridors could save lives through safer street designs (find out why some roads are more dangerous than others).

    One year after J.J.’s passing, in 2020, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) responded to community calls for safety with the announcement that it would install three signalized crossings on the corridor. GDOT installed one pedestrian crossing, outside the Johnnie B. Moore Towers senior center, in January 2021. As of May 7, 2021, the power company had not turned on electricity to the signal. The timeline for the remaining two signalized crosswalks, planned for Woods Drive and Eugenia Place, remained to be determined. 

    But better news was on the horizon. 

    In the summer of 2020, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition gathered community members to form the Donald Lee Hollowell Safe Streets Committee with support from the Energy Foundation. Following six weeks of training on the basics of safe street design and advocacy, the committee got to work.

    Now, there's a major milestone for a safer Hollowell — the announcement that GDOT will convert 2.8 miles of the corridor to three lanes with a center turn lane. The safety project is intended to meet community demands to reduce the dangerous speeds, add a buffer between the roadway and the sidewalk, and make crossing the street on foot, bike/scooter, or wheelchair safer and easier.

    This safety project, shown here on GDOT’s website, "proposes a 4-to-3-lane road diet between SR 280 / Hamilton E. Holmes Dr / James Jackson Pkwy and Stiff St. The project would reduce total crashes by as much 47% and create space within existing right-of-way to install short strategic medians for pedestrian refuge/prohibiting unsafe conflict points, turn lanes, and pedestrian crossings along the corridor." 

    At one end of this project, the intersection with Hamilton E. Holmes Drive / James Jackson Parkway, Hollowell transitions to two lanes. At the other end is Stiff Street, just past the Bankhead MARTA station. At this intersection, Hollowell has been widened to fluctuate between four and five lanes with a median.

    A representative of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms stated that her support for reducing the number of lanes on Hollowell, saying “she has made it clear that the safety improvements on Donald Lee Hollowell are a priority.” 

    The Donald Lee Hollowell Safe Streets Committee noted,

    “We are honored to advocate for a corridor with such an inspirational namesake. Donald Lee Hollowell’s work should be further honored by improving the street to prioritize safety and inclusion.” 


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    Support the Donald Lee Hollowell Safe Streets Committee to make Hollowell safe for people by signing this petition to build the safety project, shown here on GDOT’s website. The project would include a "4-to-3-lane road diet between SR 280 / Hamilton E. Holmes Dr / James Jackson Pkwy and Stiff St. The project would reduce total crashes by as much 47% and create space within existing right-of-way to install short strategic medians for pedestrian refuge/prohibiting unsafe conflict points, turn lanes, and pedestrian crossings along the corridor." You'll also receive updates on opportunities to get involved as the project advances.

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  • signed Sign: 2022 Policy Agenda 2022-02-22 11:49:41 -0500

    2022 Policy & Infrastructure Recommendations

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    Explore our recommendations for the City of Atlanta, MARTA, Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Georgia Legislature. 

    In 2021 we shared an Equity and Mobility policy agenda representing policy changes we would advocate for during the term of 2021-2025. 

    The list below includes policies and infrastructure projects we believe would advance safe and equitable transportation in 2022. We welcome other policy and infrastructure and will support proposals that help build our vision of an Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably throughout the city. 

    City of Atlanta

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    City of Atlanta

    1. Fund and implement Atlanta Streets Alive as an ongoing and high-frequency program
    2. Fund city infrastructure projects (bond and TSPLOST) that prioritize sidewalks & safe streets for people
    3. Fund Safe Routes to School projects for schools on or near the High-Injury Network in the FY 2023 budget
    4. Adopt Leading Pedestrian Intervals as standard and use signal timing to create safer crossings, starting with schools and transit stops
    5. Decriminalize walking and biking by reforming / deprioritizing enforcement of laws that allow for over-policing of walking, biking, and riding transit
    6. Expand the default 25 mph speed limit adopted in 2020 Vision Zero legislation to cover City of Atlanta streets classified as collectors and minor arterials
    7. Create a Vision Zero plan to eliminate traffic fatalities by prioritizing racial equity and safer street design
    8. Finish projects — including Complete Streets, bike/LIT lanes, and sidewalks — that were promised in the 2015 Renew Atlanta bond, 2016 TSPLOST, and Cycle Atlanta 1.0 and 2.0
    9. Adopt missing middle (MR-MU) or similar zoning proposal to allow more people to live near transit
    10. Routinely maintain bike/Light Individual Transportation (LIT) lanes 



    1. Define equity and reduce inequities in transportation through redesign of the bus network
    2. Adopt an equitable, flexible transit fare structure that makes transit affordable for families and free for young people
    3. Implement More MARTA projects with dedicated bus lanes or right of way, dedicated bike lanes, and accessible sidewalks
    4. Redevelop land near transit into affordable housing


    Atlanta Public Schools

    1. Implement automated speed cameras in school zones equitably and transparently, to protect the lives of students, families, and staff, and to prevent unnecessary police interactions


    Georgia Department of Transportation

    1. Start community engagement processes for safety projects on Donald L. Hollowell Parkway and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard
    2. Prioritize safety projects for Moreland Avenue and all state routes on the High-Injury Network
    3. Adopt Leading Pedestrian Intervals as the standard for crossings and uses signal timing to give people walking priority and create safer crossings, starting with schools and transit stops
    4. Routinely maintain bike/Light Individual Transportation (LIT) lanes 
    5. Require safe temporary accommodations for people walking, using wheelchairs, biking, or scooting when sidewalks or bike lanes are closed for construction


    Georgia General Assembly

    1. Add sidewalk repairs to the definition of roadway maintenance
    2. Decriminalize walking and biking by reforming or deprioritizing enforcement of laws that allow for over-policing 
    3. Adopt policies limiting pursuits except when a suspect poses a grave and imminent threat to the public



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