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’ve campaigned for many things people now take for granted. High-visibility crosswalks, in-street crosswalk signs and median refuge islands are just a few examples. We’ve 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.
- Our Safe Routes to Transit Initiative promotes safe crossings at bus stops and transit stations. Participating in transportation planning meetings has had a big impact. Government agencies now dedicate over $20 million per year to pedestrian safety improvements on transit corridors.
- Our Campaign for Safe Sidewalks encourages Atlanta to fix broken sidewalks. It also promotes adding sidewalks to state roads and other streets important to pedestrians.
- Our Walk Smart / Drive Smart program promotes increased compliance with crosswalk laws and speed limits. It also teaches pedestrians how to assert their rights. And ways to avoid being dead right.
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 partnering with to to make the Atlanta region a great place to walk!