Who we are, what we do and why

PEDS is a small advocacy group that makes big things happen.

PEDS is dedicated to making streets and communities in Georgia, safe, inviting and accessible to all pedestrians. Great place to walk

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.

Evolving from a lone, sometimes caustic voice for change, PEDS has become a strong voice for walkers throughout the region and state. We’ve also matured into a well-respected resource for elected officials, neighborhood organizations, local, regional and state transportation professionals and others.

Walking connects people and is the cornerstone of a thriving, livable city.

It’s also essential to our health and a catalyst for economic development.

We’re thrilled that more and more people now recognize that, and we are proud of the role we’ve played moving walking from the margins into the mainstream. 

Our most important accomplishments include:MidtownMidblock-3-cropped

  • Increasing the number of drivers who stop for people in crosswalks
  • Making innovative and effective crosswalk treatments mainstream
  • Providing workshops that have helped hundreds of transportation professionals learn how to design for pedestrian safety
  • Making safe access to bus stops a local, regional and state priority
  • Increasing funding for safety improvements by over $20 million per year.

We partner with others to make change happen.

On your own, PEDS could never provide the resources it will take to make the Atlanta region a GDOT engineers and PEDS leaders look at plans for safety improvements on Ponce de Leongreat place to walk.

Instead we help the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Regional Commission, Georgia Department of Transportation and others recognize how they can leverage their own resources to better serve pedestrians.

We also work with the media and civic organizations to increase awareness and support for walk-friendly road design.Group walk in Old Fourth Ward

Step it Up!

Walking is one of the most effective ways people can prevent and manage chronic health conditions, and overcoming barriers to walking is one of our top priorities.

Our 50+ Walks program, as well as special events we provide increase walking and unite and activate our communities.

Advocacy is a marathon, not a sprint.

We realize change takes time and are delighted with the forward momentum. Yet without doubt, conditions for people who walk still need improvement.

Many streets lack sidewalks. And far too many that do exist need to be repaired or replaced.man rolling wheelchair on broken sidewalk

PEDS has inspired Atlanta’s elected officials to express strong support for sidewalk maintenance. Yet they’ve done little to back their words with the funding needed to address the enormous backlog of broken sidewalks.

And due to wide, high-speed roads that lack safe crossings, the Atlanta region remains one of the nation’s deadliest places to walk.

Together, our Safer People, Safer Streets initiative and Campaign for Safe Sidewalks combat these problems.

Everybody walks.

And everybody wants their community to be a safe, inviting place to walk. We’re here to help, and you can count on us to never, ever give up.

Donors and sponsors make it all possible.  We look forward to partnering with you to strengthen the advocacy efforts that have done so much to make Atlanta a safer, more inviting place to walk.

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