On Wednesday, May 8th, approximately 50 community members and supporters, including parents and students from Tuskegee Airmen Global Academy Elementary School (TAG), turned frustration into action, calling on the City to #RespectCascade . “Walk a Mile in Cascade’s Shoes” served as a day of action to generate attention about the prevalence of injuries on Cascade Road and to honor victims like 52-year-old David Gordon who lost his life crossing the street in a low-visibility crosswalk earlier this year.Read more
Cascade Road/Avenue is a critical corridor that serves dozens of Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods -- and it's one of the City's most dangerous streets on High-Injury Network.
The Renew Atlanta Bond approved by voters in 2015 was supposed to address this unsafe corridor by making it 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.
Thanks to the persistent work of community leaders and local advocates, in March 2019 Cascade Road in District 11 was funded to become a Complete Street. This project will improve access to the Cascade Springs Nature Preserve and create safer streets for biking, walking and driving.
But the Complete Street for Cascade Avenue east of Avon, near Kroger Citi Center and the BeltLine, was not funded. Cascade Ave was funded for resurfacing project, however. Failing to fund the entire complete street project perpetuates the concentration of unsafe streets in Southwest Atlanta and inequitable outcomes in our transportation network. Repaving will speed up traffic on an already dangerous corridor.
We are calling for the City of Atlanta to create a safer Cascade through the resurfacing project, by
- reducing the number of lanes (also known as a road diet) and lane widths -- both are proven ways to reduce motor vehicle speeds
- installing safer crossings, including a safer crosswalk near the crosswalk where David Gordon was killed, to ensure drivers see people crossing and stop in time
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.
The week after my youngest son was born, there were three crashes at the intersection outside my front door on Boulevard, south of I-20. I found myself rushing outside after each crash to see if people needed help. Those violent crashes struck too close to home. They showed me that we may not be in charge of drafting the plans and crunching the numbers, but we are responsible to our communities for setting the vision for how our streets are designed and what results we will accept.
Last year, A Safer Boulevard successfully lobbied to extend the Monroe Drive/Boulevard Complete Street Project south of Woodward Avenue because we want to transform a dangerous part of our public space into an integrated part of our community. Now, here's your chance to advocate for a better, safer Boulevard Drive. I need you to tell Renew Atlanta and Councilmember Carla Smith that you support these safety upgrades and improvements (see below) before the August 10th deadline for public comment.
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.
Click here for more background on our campaign for a safe and complete DeKalb Ave.