Mission and Vision
PEDS is an advocacy group committed to making the Atlanta region safe and accessible to all pedestrians.
Imagine metro Atlanta as a place where children walk to school, the elderly cross the street without fear, streets are designed for people as well as cars and where neighbors enjoy chance encounters on sidewalks, at parks and in street cafes. PEDS is dedicated to promoting this vision.
Our programs use the Three E’s of pedestrian safety: education, enforcement and engineering.
- Our Safe Routes to Transit Initiative promotes safe crossings at bus stops and transit stations.
- Our Campaign for Safe Sidewalks encourages Atlanta to fix broken sidewalks. It also promotes adding sidewalks to streets important to pedestrians.
- Our Walk Smart / Drive Smart program promotes increased compliance with crosswalk laws and speed limits. It also teaches pedestrians about their rights and responsibilities.
When PEDS was founded in 1996, pedestrians were not on Atlanta’s radar screen. 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 who has the right of way is just the tip of the iceberg. Even more important: teaching transportation professionals how to design streets for pedestrians.
Thanks to your support, we’ve become a strong voice for walkers throughout the region and state. We’ve also provided the expertise and encouragement needed to inspire pedestrian-friendly policies.
Your generosity has inspired many changes people in Georgia now take for granted. High-visibility crosswalks, in-street crosswalk signs and median refuge islands are just a few examples. Other much-needed changes include:
- Workshops and toolkits that have helped transportation professionals choose safe and cost-effective crossing treatments
- Innovative and effective safety treatments, including high-visibility crosswalks,
in-street crosswalk signs, hybrid pedestrian beacons, red light cameras,
median refuge islands and midblock crossings.
- Increased funding for sidewalks and crosswalk improvements
- Online tools that make it easy for people to report pedestrian hazards
- More drivers stopping for pedestrians at crosswalks
By partnering with neighborhood associations and others, we’ve also engaged over 8,000 households in SLOW DOWN yard sign campaigns. And perhaps most important, we provide a voice to people who rarely participate in transportation planning meetings.
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.
We’re on the verge of a walking revolution!
Thank you for all you do to help transform metro Atlanta into a region that values walking.