About PEDS

PEDS is an advocacy group dedicated to making the Atlanta region a great place to walk. We partner with others to create safe, enjoyable streets and walkable communities.

Walking provides tremendous benefits. And thanks to people like you, we’ve helped the Atlanta region recognize that pedestrians are the lifeblood of our urban areas.

In 1996 a small group of pedestrians came together to increase safety for people on foot. Speeding drivers put kids at risk. And few drivers stopped for pedestrians in crosswalks.

Sally Flocks, who founded PEDS, thought the problem was dumb drivers. Hence our full name, Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety.

We quickly outgrew that, as bad road design breeds bad driving. Put differently, teaching drivers about pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks is just the tip of the iceberg. Even more important: teaching transportation professionals how to design streets for pedestrians.

Since then, we campaigned for many things we now take for granted. High-visibility crosswalks, in-street crosswalk signs and median refuge islands are just a few examples. We also provided workshops that have taught hundreds of transportation professionals about the nuts and bolts of designing streets for pedestrians.

Our programs use the Three E’s of pedestrian safety: education, enforcement and engineering. We engage police officers, residents and reporters in slow down campaigns and crosswalk law enforcement. We also bring awareness to pedestrian hazards – and work with engineers to get them fixed.

As pedestrian advocates, we focus on both the bad and the good. We encourage transportation engineers to transform roads designed for cars only into places less deadly to people on foot. And with help from you and others, we work to make good places great.

Thanks so much for supporting our Campaign for Walkable Communities.

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