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 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.
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. 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