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  • signed Sign our 2021 Policy Agenda 2021-04-14 15:57:32 -0400

    It's time for Atlanta's leaders to elevate safe, equitable, sustainable mobility solutions to the top of the agenda.

    Join the movement by signing on to our policy agenda today.

     

    Thank you to our partner organizations who have signed our 2021 Policy Agenda!

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    Explore our 2021 Policy Agenda Recommendations for City of Atlanta and Atlanta Board of Education:

    City of Atlanta: Safety

    Make streets measurably safer for people biking, walking, and using scooters or wheelchairs.

    Explore Safety Recommendations

    City of Atlanta: Transit & Affordability

    Increase access to transit and affordability of housing.

    Explore Transit & Affordability Recommendations

    City of Atlanta: Funding

    Comprehensively fund Atlanta's sustainable transportation infrastructure.

    Explore Funding Recommendations

    Atlanta Board of Education

    Make it possible for kids to safely get to and from school on foot, bike, transit, and other modes.

    Explore Board of Education Recommendations

     

    We urgently need Atlanta's leaders to adopt and implement equitable mobility recommendations.

    Transportation is an essential part of everyone’s life. When it doesn’t work well, we miss out on job opportunities, have limited access to housing options, are exposed to unsafe streets or polluted air, or have our freedom of movement restricted due to the lack of reasonable options. When transportation is good, it is essential — even enjoyable, because it just works. We might notice kids biking to school, experience the ease of crossing the street safely, or relax while listening to music as we look out the window from a bus in a dedicated lane.

    Yet as the pandemic continues, people face greater risks and barriers while in transit. Despite fewer miles driven, more people died on Georgia roads in 2020, likely due to an increase in speeding. And, people riding public transportation experienced dramatic cutbacks to bus routes, leading to longer walks to the nearest bus stop, often on streets that lack sidewalks.


    This policy agenda is about creating viable transportation options that are safe, easy, accessible, and enjoyable for everyone.

    Equitable transportation policies and projects provide physical and social mobility, as well as access to living-wage jobs, affordable housing, healthcare, and quality education. Affordable mobility options give people economic and social opportunities, especially in communities racially profiled for disinvestment that continue to suffer disproportionately from traffic fatalities. Green options reduce the transportation sector’s impact on climate change, an existential threat to communities.

    Working with our partners and stakeholders, we created three policy recommendation categories: Safety, Transit and Affordability, and Funding. In addition, we have a policy agenda for the Atlanta Board of Education. Please join us in sharing these recommendations with our leaders as we work to create a more equitable city through mobility.

     

     

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  • signed up on Community Advocates for Safe Streets 2020-08-18 09:29:36 -0400

    Community Advocates for Safe Streets

     

    Community Advocates for Safe Streets is an informed, effective and sustainable network of safe streets advocates, from neighborhoods in every City Council district, prioritizing communities where there are high rates of traffic injuries and fatalities -- on streets that are part of Atlanta's High-Injury Network

     

    ADVOCACY PROGRAMS

    Below are our three active advocacy programs.  By RSVP'ing below, you will be invited to our recurring virtual Community Advocates Network.  

    Community Advocates Network - Connect. Learn. Share.

    Do you want to connect with leaders and action-oriented folks from across the city who envision safe streets for all of Atlanta?

    Do you want to learn about road design that is proven to make streets safer for all users?

    Do you want to share your ideas?

    Do any of these describe you?

    • A neighborhood association or Neighborhood Planning Unit leader, including committee chairs for transportation and related topics.
    • A community member who wants to start or join a local transportation committee.
    • An Atlanta resident interested in developing a greater understanding of transportation.
    • An Atlanta employee or business owner who wants safer streets to support your customers or clients.
    • A transportation planner or engineer who wants to share your knowledge or expertise.
    • A parent or staff member invested in Atlanta Public Schools work on Safe Routes to School.

    Join this network of community-based advocates as they successfully participate in the civic process and advocate for an Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably. 

    We support the Community Advocates Network (CAN) by facilitating regular virtual meetings to share resources, provide opportunities for interaction, and streamline information sharing. 

     

    Street Committees - Advocacy in Action

    Street committees consist of mobilized community advocates from High-Injury Network corridors that are actively working to develop community-based, design-driven safety changes.  Currently, we have two active 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 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 developing 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]

    We support the Safe Streets Committees by providing initial training and continued assistance in their community work. 

    This work is made possible with support from the Energy Foundation

     

    Atlanta Families for Safe Streets - Families in the Fight

    Atlanta Families for Safe Streets (AFSS) is the local chapter of the national Families for Safe Streets organization. AFSS helps individuals who have lost loved ones or have been injured in a crash use their stories and experiences to advocate for change.

    More information on how to support and engage coming soon.

     

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  • signed Moreland Ave via 2017-06-02 15:34:58 -0400

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    The goal of this state road project is to make Moreland Avenue safer for people on foot and on bike, between Mansfield and Austin Aves. (Several years ago, a person riding a bike was killed in this section as they pulled out onto Moreland.)

    The state DOT's concept report states "studies show that an increase in pedestrian, cycling and vehicular volumes has taken place along the corridor. Crash data from 2008-2013 indicates that approximately 252 crashes occurred along SR 42/Moreland Ave from Dekalb Ave to McClendon Ave. Of these crashes, six were pedestrian injuries and one was a bike fatality." 

    Neighborhood bike advocates and the City of Atlanta Planning Office have been involved in the design, and did not settle for painted bike lanes. Instead, the current design includes a raised bike lane, as well as wider sidewalks and safe crossings. While barrier-separated, protected bike lanes on busy roads are always the safest option, they may not be possible on Moreland because NACTO guidelines recommend a minimum of 3' to add a raised barrier.

    Here’s what was presented at the public meeting June 7, 2017:

    • Bike lanes raised 3” above the street level and 3” below the sidewalk level.

    • Bike lanes would be 7’ wide - including a 2’ painted buffer.

    • Timeline - During Summer 2017, they will stripe standard bike lanes for a quick safety improvement and reduce lane widths on general lanes to reduce speeds. In 2019, bicycle lanes upgraded to raised.

    Here's what we told GDOT - feel free to include this in your comment supporting the project:

    1. We support high quality, raised bike lanes and pedestrian crossings for SR 42/Moreland Avenue from Dekalb Avenue to Mansfield Avenue. 
    2. To make the project even better, find a way to add a barrier between the raised bike lane and the general travel lane, so that people on bikes are separated from all those trucks. While the idea of separating people on foot from those on bikes is a good one, it's all relative. Trucks have the potential to do more damage to a person biking in a crash, so we think it's more important to separate those two modes from each other.

    3. Add a crossing near the DeKalb Avenue interchange, and make the exit ramp from DeKalb form a "T" intersection, to encourage drivers entering Moreland to make a full stop first.

    4. We like the diagonal crossing at Euclid as a way to make that crossing safer and easier for people on bikes, and it helps make up for the lack of bike lanes north of Euclid. 

    Read GDOT's Response to Public Comment Here: GDOT's Response to 6/7/17 Open House Comments

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  • signed Policy Platform via 2017-02-17 12:13:40 -0500

    Atlanta is poised to take the next big leap forward. But it needs elected officials with the vision and commitment to deliver high-quality projects that encourage mobility and discourage snarling gridlock. It needs leaders with the courage to put the safety of people before high-speed traffic that places our families and vulnerable road users at risk on a daily basis.

    We are committed to giving you all the information you need to make the best decision this election cycle. We may not be able to endorse candidates, but we can show you where they stand on issues important you.

     Check out our election resources below and BIKE THE VOTE!

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    These are the core policies and goals we believe the next Mayor and City Council must adopt if Atlanta wants to continue to compete for the best talent in the world while improving the quality of life for Atlantans who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized by a lack of transportation options. 

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    Questions about our platform or our engagement events? Please contact Bennett Foster at [email protected] or call 404-881-1112 x 2.

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  • @cqholt tweeted link to Ralph David Abernathy. 2016-04-29 11:04:08 -0400
    Support connecting, cleaning, and maintaining Ralph David Abernathy and Georgia Avenue! Sign ABC's petition! http://www.atlantabike.org/connect-rda?recruiter_id=10487

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    Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, affectionately known as RDA, serves as a major corridor for schools, historic neighborhoods, and businesses in Southwest Atlanta. RDA is a large street with fast traffic and a lonely stretch of bike lane between Murphy Ave and I-85. The road, whether by bike or by car, is often perilous due to potholes, debris, and jagged train tracks.

    RDA turns into Georgia Avenue and runs through seven amazing Atlanta neighborhoods: Westview, West End, Adair Park, Pittsburgh, Mechanicsville, Summerhill, and Grant Park.

    The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition connects these neighborhoods at Atlanta Streets Alive. You can help make this a more livable, walkable, and bikeable corridor all year-round by supporting our campaign for bike lanes and regular maintenance on RDA and Georgia Avenue.

    In addition to bike lanes on RDA and Georgia Avenue, we are advocating for:

    • Resurfacing and repairing dangerous potholes on RDA
    • Regularly maintaining this critical corridor by sweeping trash and debris
    • Paving over the hazardous out-of-use train tracks
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