As more Atlantans looks for ways to opt-out of traffic, get active, and strengthen community connections, the lack of safe streets for people walking, biking, using wheelchairs, scooting, or waiting for the bus is unavoidable -- and unacceptable.
From 2014 to 2016, 75 people died and 872 were severely injured in car collisions on Atlanta’s streets. These were crashes involving people driving, biking, and walking.
Most of the severe injuries and fatal crashes occurred on just a handful of city streets -- what's known as the “High-Injury Network”. In fact, less than 8% of streets in the City of Atlanta account for 88% of traffic fatalities. Read more on why we can't ignore Atlanta's High Injury Network.
We believe no one should die during their commute or using the Atlanta roads.
We can do something about traffic deaths. Cities across the world have adopted Vision Zero policies aimed at eliminating all traffic fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Cities are also investing in transportation systems and infrastructure that provide Safe Streets for All, by reducing motor vehicle speeds to safe levels and providing safe spaces for all different ways of getting around.1,376 pledges
Join us as we call on the City of Atlanta to:
- Officially adopt a Vision Zero program that puts safety and equity first
- Fund and build safe streets for all through approved plans including Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms' Action Plan for Safer Streets
- Prioritize the High-Injury Network streets for safety interventions
Sign the pledge to say YES to funding, building, and creating safe streets for all.
Goal: 1,000+ signatures
Update: We've delivered over 1,000 signatures to Mayor Bottoms! Yours will help us demonstrate the growing demand for Safe Streets.
(Note that we request your address because we need to show that there is broad, citywide support for safe and Complete Streets. We do not share your information with anyone.)
Slower streets are safer for people.
The risk of death increases dramatically with each increase in speed:
People outside of cars are more vulnerable to severe or fatal injuries when a driver speeds. The rate of speed can impact a person driving's ability to react, and it’s common for people to drive over the speed limit by at least ten miles per hour. In addition to reduced reaction time, a driver’s range of visibility decreases as speed increases. Diminished reaction time makes it more difficult for them to see the areas surrounding the car or the street.
The City of Atlanta currently requires traffic speed studies before enacting adjustments to speed limits requested by neighborhoods. As our population continues to grow and more people seek alternatives to gridlocked conditions, the City should forgo that costly and time-consuming practice for a proven solution.62 supports
Reducing speed limits is an effective way to reduce speed.
Severe injuries and fatalities due to traffic collisions are preventable.
Reducing the speed limit not only increases the likelihood of survival for a victim; it also has positive outcomes for communities. Safe streets give people more space to be active, resulting in healthier people in our community. Businesses also thrive as a benefit of reduced speeds. A slower speed limit provides people driving an opportunity to take in their surroundings and observe businesses they may overlook when they are driving at faster speeds.
By reducing the speed limit, top outlier speeds are reduced, allowing for more cars to get through at safe and consistent speeds. The difference between 25 mph versus 30 mph during a 5-mile drive is 2 minutes, but the increased risk of dying for people outside of cars is nearly double. For city streets, 25 mph allows vehicles to travel a more consistent speed with fewer stops and starts, smoothing traffic flow and ensuring safer access for all users of this public space.
Join us and our partners in calling on the City of Atlanta to reduce the speed limit on city streets to 25 mph.
We'd like to thank our partners for their support of the Safe Speed Limits campaign.
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The City of Atlanta faces major challenges in the realm of transportation, mobility, affordable housing, equity, climate change, and traffic safety.
In 2018 alone, the City will adopt an ambitious Comprehensive Transportation Plan, manage the rise of micro-mobility (scooters and dockless electric bikes), create affordable housing strategies around access to reliable transportation, deal with a backlog of Complete Streets projects under the Renew Atlanta program, meet the goals of Bloomberg's American Cities Climate Challenge, and, finally, confront the reality that the high concentration of crashes on Atlanta's High-Injury Network are preventable.
Is our current transportation structure up to the task?
In 2017, Councilmember At-Large Andre Dickens commissioned a study to find out. The feasibility study was an exhaustive independent review of our current transportation structure. Relying on dozens of stakeholder interviews with transportation professionals both in and outside Atlanta along with a comparative analysis of 11 peer cities across the U.S., the report found alarming deficiencies in our current structure. It proposed that the City "set a goal of consolidating all transportation functions in the City into a stand-alone transportation-focused department, led by a new Commissioner [and] name the agency the 'Atlanta Department of Mobility and Streets (ADMS).'"
Creating an Atlanta Department of Transportation would restructure our current transportation, public works, and planning tools in order to better leverage resources and streamline project delivery. It would be more efficient and better able to implement a strong vision for our city's equitable future.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition supports a stand-alone department dedicated to streets and mobility. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Councilmember At-Large Andre Dickens, and Councilmembers and City Leaders across Atlanta agree that the time is now.
What do we want?
After reviewing the feasibility study, our preferred option is for the Mayor to appoint an “Interim Director of Transportation” to establish the department with minimal political pressure.
After 9 months, the mayor would then appoint a permanent Director of Transportation to implement the strategic plan, facilitate communication within existing departments, and engage employees and stakeholders in the process of governance restructuring.
The Director of Transportation will report to the Mayor and Chief of Staff and will lead both the reorganization process and the newly created department.
DeKalb Avenue is fast, dangerous, and out of control. In 2015, Atlanta voters overwhelming approved the Renew Atlanta Infrastructure Bond to update and improve our streets, including a Complete Street for DeKalb Avenue.
Yet in 2019, after three years of public meetings, funding for the Complete Street on DeKalb Avenue was cut, leaving only resurfacing and replacing the reversible lane with a center turn lane and design for a future Complete Street in the budget. It's not clear where funding would come from to actually build it.
The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, along with community members and neighborhoods along DeKalb, is continuing the fight for a DeKalb that serves more than high-speed traffic speeding through our communities. DeKalb Ave connects 11 neighborhoods -- all but 1 wrote letters of support for a Complete Street.
We are calling for any project, including repaving, that affects this key, flat corridor to make the road safer -- for everyone. The resurfacing project should include a buffer between people walking on the sidewalk and cars, and a place for people to bike.164 signatures
Click here for more background on our campaign for a safe and complete DeKalb Ave.