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.
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.
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.306 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.
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.