Cascade Road/Avenue is a critical corridor that serves dozens of Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods- and it's one of the City's most dangerous High-Injury Network streets to travel on. The Renew Atlanta bond that passed in 2015 was supposed to address this unsafe corridor by making it a Complete Street. Thanks to the persistent work of community leaders and local advocates, this project will improve access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and create safer streets for biking, walking and driving. But only half of the corridor will get funding through Renew Atlanta. Failing to fund the entire project perpetuates unsafe streets in the Southwest and inequitable outcomes in our transportation network.
The Cascade Road/Avenue Complete Street project is divided into two phases.
Phase 1 (blue segment): Two segments that extend from the Atlanta city limits to Willis Mill Road, and from Delowe Drive to Avon Avenue. In addition to improved access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve, both phases include bicycle facilities, trails and streetscape improvements, thanks to local advocates for the improvements.
Phase 2 (in green): Extends from Avon Avenue to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. Only the first phase, from Avon to the city limits, is funded. The second phase, from Avon to Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, is not funded.
We are advocating for full funding for the entire Cascade Road/Avenue Complete Street Project.
On Crash Heat Map above, 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. Community members have long expressed concerns about this intersection that serves multiple streets, the Kroger Citi Center and the Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. Currently, it lacks a turn lane and poses a safety risk to people who bike, walk - and drive.
***Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST will not be presenting to the Transportation Committee this Wednesday, October 24th. We will post an update as soon as we hear about the next meeting.***
88% of Atlanta voters approved the $250-million Renew Atlanta bond back in 2015. After three years of public meetings and bold promises, only one out of 16 Complete Street projects have been built -- and that project didn't have a single public meeting nor was it on the project list shared with voters. Failure to build these projects would defy the will of the voters who overwhelmingly said yes to both the Renew Atlanta bond and TSPLOST.Read more
Three years after voters overwhelmingly approved the Renew Atlanta bond, in March 2015, just one out of the fifteen Complete Street projects has been completed and only two projects have progressed beyond a quarter of a percent complete.
Now, we're seeing one project after another get kicked down the road to 2020, according to the Renew Atlanta Complete Street Project pages. Construction on phase 1 of DeKalb Avenue was scheduled to start this year but now it won't start until 2020; Cascade Road was also going to start this year but now it's been delayed until 2020. The same goes for Howell Mill Road.
After the most recent open house for Monroe Drive/Boulevard Complete Street, which failed to include a road diet north of 10th Street, it's become clear that the city needs to commit to these Complete Street projects.Read more
85% of respondents to the live poll conducted at the Renew Atlanta Monroe Drive/Boulevard public meeting said that bicycle and pedestrian safety should be prioritized in this project. And for good reason, the Complete Streets designs presented at the meeting would result in a substantial reduction in bicycle and pedestrian crashes at dozens of intersections on this corridor, including Monroe and 10th Street, Boulevard and Woodward, and Monroe and Ponce de Leon.Read more
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. After three years of public meetings, funding for the Complete Street on DeKalb Avenue was cut, leaving only resurfacing and reversible lane removal in the budget.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms identified major funding shortfalls in the Renew Atlanta/TSPLOST programs that would jeopardize long overdue projects overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2015 and 2016. Safety, mobility, and affordability are at the heart of Atlanta’s Transportation Plan which was recently approved by City Council.
In April 2018, we transformed DeKalb Avenue at Atlanta Streets Alive - Eastside! 74,000 people biked, walked, skated, or pushed strollers at Atlanta Streets Alive. That’s nearly a week’s worth of car traffic crammed into 4 hours on a street that carries about 15,000 vehicles per day. This route connected 11 Atlanta neighborhoods -- Downtown, Sweet Auburn, Old Fourth Ward, Cabbagetown, Inman Park, Little Five Points, Reynoldstown, Candler Park, Edgewood, Lake Claire, and Kirkwood.
Following our successful Atlanta Streets Alive, Renew Atlanta led a public meeting where they stated that the Complete Street project would be divided into two phases, beginning with the removal of the reversible lane. Phase 1 never happened and the reversible lane still remains.
Our vision for DeKalb Avenue
If the public comments from the city of Atlanta’s proposed infrastructure bond were a twitter feed, “bike projects” would be trending.
Even we were surprised to see the word "bike" show up 376 times and "complete streets" 126 times in the public comments!
An astounding one-third of all comments were requests for bike projects and Complete Streets. And a whopping 79 comments out of 767 total asked for DeKalb Avenue to be remade as a Complete Street!
That's a lot of support for the $23.4 million worth of projects that would include bikeways when resurfacing streets, which comes out to 9% of the $250 million worth of transportation proposals in the total proposed package. Here’s a small sample of the many wonderful comments:Read more