Cascade Road/Avenue is a critical corridor that serves dozens of Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods -- and it's one of the City's most dangerous streets on High-Injury Network.
The Renew Atlanta Bond approved by voters in 2015 was supposed to address this unsafe corridor by making it 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.
Thanks to the persistent work of community leaders and local advocates, in March 2019 Cascade Road in District 11 was funded to become a Complete Street. This project will improve access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and create safer streets for biking, walking and driving.
But the Complete Street for Cascade Avenue east of Avon, near Kroger Citi Center and the BeltLine, was not funded. Cascade Ave was funded for resurfacing project, however. Failing to fund the entire complete street project perpetuates the concentration of unsafe streets in Southwest Atlanta and inequitable outcomes in our transportation network. Repaving will speed up traffic on an already dangerous corridor.
We are calling for the City of Atlanta to create a safer Cascade through the resurfacing project, by
- reducing the number of lanes (also known as a road diet) and lane widths -- both are proven ways to reduce motor vehicle speeds
- installing safer crossings, including a safer crosswalk near the crosswalk where David Gordon was killed, to ensure drivers see people crossing and stop in time
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.
Lee Street has too many lanes for the amount of vehicular traffic it handles, encouraging high speeds and creating a hazard for all, especially people on foot and on bike, but for motor vehicle traffic as well.
The City of Atlanta and Georgia Department of Transportation should make Lee Street a Complete Street by removing a lane, repaving the street, and adding bike facilities and safer crossings.
These simple changes would transform this currently dangerous street into a safe and accessible connection from Atlanta to East Point for thousands of residents.
A safe walkable/bikeable Lee Street would also connect 3 additional neighborhoods (Beecher-Donnelly, Oakland City, and Ft. McPherson) directly to the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail at the Lee St, with an access point located in the West End.
Whether you walk, bike, drive, take transit, or all of the above, fixing Lee Street would benefit you. Let's increase safety, decrease congestion, and connect our communities.
Please sign our petition to make Lee St a Complete Street.