PEDS Blog: March, 2009

Feet on Atlanta Kick-off

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

April is Feet on Atlanta month. On March 31, 2009, we invited the media to join us for a brief walking tour as we exposed the hazardous conditions of a typical Atlanta sidewalk.

Check out this short clip from our walking tour and interview with FOX5 News.

As a Feet on Atlanta volunteer, you can help PEDS estimate how much of Atlanta’s sidewalks needs to be repaired or replaced. It’s as easy as printing out a survey form and taking a walk. Volunteers will be entered in prize drawings, too. Visit our Feet on Atlanta page for details.

We encourage neighborhood organizations to ask traffic committees, block captains, or others to recruit volunteers and assign streets to them. Make sure your neighborhood’s broken sidewalks get counted!

Cobb County Adopts Complete Streets Policy

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Cobb County Commissioners voted on 1/27/09 to adopt The Complete Streets plan for all of Cobb County. Complete Streets is a design concept that ensures pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and bus riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a street.

Cobb County’s policy is not as strong as it could have been. It only affects future roadways, and only where right-of-way is available. But even so, it’s a great step forward.

Cobb County is the second jurisdiction in the Atlanta region to adopt a Complete Streets policy.  The City of Decatur included Complete Streets in its Community Transportation Plan that was adopted in April 2008.