Rebecca Serna donated 2020-03-25 21:04:30 -0400
Rebecca Serna published Rapid Response Required by City for Safe Streets in Blog 2019-08-02 19:18:39 -0400
We are experiencing a breaking point in Atlanta’s mobility landscape. With the rise of shared mobility devices including e-bikes and scooters, almost weekly we are reminded that streets built to prioritize cars aren’t sufficient for present-day Atlanta. People are dying. The narrative of putting the onus on the victims or people that choose to use these devices for last-mile connectivity—or even for fun—unfairly removes the responsibility from the people with the power to enact immediate solutions.Read more
[This page has been updated with information about changes to the project that resulted from advocacy campaigns. For status updates on the Cascade project, visit the Renew Atlanta / TSPLOST webpage. As of November 2020, construction is scheduled to start in December 2020.]
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.
A “Complete Street” project was proposed in 2016 to address the hazardous conditions on Cascade Avenue, where David lost his life, but the construction funding was cut due to budget shortfalls. At the same time, 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.) A section of Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard in Westview was funded as well and completed in 2018.
Following a community-led #RespectCascade action to highlight the urgent need for safety improvements on Cascade Avenue, the City of Atlanta revised the Cascade Complete Street project to include some safety improvements that could be added during the street resurfacing. Elements include bus stop enhancements, bicycle lanes, and pedestrian safety improvements.
We will continue to support communities along Cascade Ave in calling on the City of Atlanta to keep the vision of a safer, more accessible Cascade corridor alive.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.
GET INVOLVED IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD & NPU, AND GET TO KNOW YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
In a city of neighborhoods, safe streets for all begins at the neighborhood level. Here's how you can help make streets safer for everyone.
1. Join your neighborhood association. Attend meetings, speak up, and vote for policies and projects that will make streets safer for walking, biking, and people in wheelchairs and provide better access to transit for your community. Find out if there's a transportation committee and join if so - many recommendations made at the committee level get approved by the neighborhood association.
2. Find your Neighborhood Planning Unit, also known as NPU, and attend monthly meetings. The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five NPUs: "citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government."
3. Because many of our calls to action involve contacting an Atlanta City Councilmember, get to know yours ahead of time! Click here to find your representative on the Atlanta City Council. Send them an email introducing yourself and sharing your desire for safe streets in your community. Follow them on social media to keep the conversation going!
4. Once you are familiar with what's been happening at the neighborhood association and NPU level, at some point you may want to step into a leadership role. Neighbors can be the most effective advocates for safe streets in communities. Neighborhood chairs and other officers can join our Community Advocacy Network: a space for neighborhood transportation leaders to connect, share information, and learn from each other.