Community protest calls for safe streets on West Peachtree and beyond

Just after 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 17th, William Alexander was struck and fatally crushed by a bus while riding a scooter near Arts Center Marta Station in Midtown. The father of two lost his life on West Peachtree Street, a state road that the City of Atlanta and Midtown Alliance have proposed for safety improvements. West Peachtree was on the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST project list in 2015, but only received funding for street design.

In addition to the failure to make West Peachtree Street a safe and complete street, the sidewalk at 15th Street is closed for a construction project.

With the current conditions, West Peachtree is not a safe street for all.

On, Wednesday, July 24, community members gathered at the site of the crash and form people protected sidewalk, bike, and scooter lane to demand that state and city officials take immediate action to prevent further severe and fatal injuries.

In case you missed it, you can still take action. Contact GDOT and tell them you want action taken to make West Peachtree Street safe for all forms of mobility, and urge them to provide protected temporary sidewalks during construction closures. 

  • GDOT District 7 Engineer
    Name Kathy Zahul
    Number (770) 216-3810
    Email address [email protected]

  • GDOT Board member
    Name Stacey Key
    Number (404) 310-5040
    Email address [email protected]

  • GDOT Chief Engineer
    Name Meg Pirkle
    Number (404) 631-1004
    Email address [email protected]

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