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.
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.
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.
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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.
- Create a City of Atlanta Department of Transportation, for a cohesive transportation planning and project delivery process that better leverages resources
Adopt the Street Design Policy drafted by the Department of Planning
Make housing more affordable by eliminating the minimum number of car parking spaces required for housing developments
Build 100 NEW miles of high-quality bike lanes and trails (we currently have 104 miles) to connect the city, including 20 NEW miles of protected bike lanes (we currently have 4 miles)
Publish schedule for sweeping streets with bike lanes, and prioritize bike lanes for clean up after winter storms
Add a $2.5 million line item to the City’s General Fund annually, to connect gaps in the bikeway network and enhance safety of existing projects
Ensure quality bicycle transportation by hiring transportation engineers with training and experience designing bicycle projects
Set a city goal of zero traffic deaths, and create a data-driven approach in which multiple city departments collaborate to reduce roadway crashes and fatalities to zero, because no one should die trying to get where they are going.
Prevent fatal roadway crashes by standardizing the speed limit on residential streets to 25 mph
Provide access to last-mile healthy transportation options by prioritizing installation of bike share stations in low-income, disinvested, and disconnected neighborhoods
Questions about our platform or our engagement events? Please contact Bennett Foster at [email protected] or call 404-881-1112 x 2.
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