Author Archives: Sally Flocks

Dangerous curbs challenge people with disabilities

Before you judge a man, the old saying goes, walk a mile in his shoes.  Yet before most people could possibly understand what James Curtis experiences on a daily basis, we’d have to roll a mile in his wheelchair. James, who is 46 and lives in Buckhead, relies on his wheelchair and MARTA to get… Read More »

Street resurfacing: Cut curbs, not corners

In July, the City of Atlanta resurfaced two blocks of 17th Street. Much needed, as a burst water pipe had washed away much of the pavement earlier this year. I’m disappointed – and appalled – that contractors or city crews failed to install curb ramps as part of this project. Transportation professionals know the Americans… Read More »

Tragic, but predictable and preventable

Baraka Sentmore, a mother of four, was killed July 11 while standing on a small refuge island at the intersection of Piedmont Road and Morosgo. She worked at the nearby Kroger and was struck while waiting to cross Piedmont to get to work. “Baraka Sentmore will be missed,” Terry Jones wrote. “She was a God-fearing… Read More »

Making Buford Highway a Great Place

Atlanta native and author, Mark Pendergrast, will be in the Atlanta region  May 20 through May 25, 2017 to discuss  “City on the Verge,” his new book about the future of Atlanta. Check out meeting locations and dates, and pick one that works for you.  Pendergrast has it right: For people who walk, communities in the Atlanta region… Read More »

Blame the roads, not the victims

Are cell phones responsible for the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities? A recent study by Cambridge Mobile Telematics found that mobile phones were involved in more than half of all crashes. In nearly one-fourth of crashes, the driver was using a phone during the crash or within the minute prior to it. Meanwhile, pedestrian deaths are climbing… Read More »

Make Monroe Drive a Complete Street

Designing streets for people As President of PEDS and as someone for whom walking is my primary transportation mode, I’m thrilled by the opportunities that Renew Atlanta has identified to transform our streets into great places to walk. If our streets are designed for cars and traffic, we get cars and traffic. If our streets… Read More »

Big win: protected walkways in construction zones

  During the past few years, we’ve engaged Public Works officials and others in walking tours and forums focused on safe pedestrian access in construction zones. We’ve also published e-newsletter articles and guest columns and sent numerous e-mails to government officials. We’re proud to report that Public Works is now requiring developers to install scaffolding… Read More »

Closed sidewalks

Closed sidewalks: The gap between requirements and reality is glaring. Development is booming in Atlanta, which bodes well for people who walk. Nothing encourages walking more than having places worth walking to. Meanwhile, a preventable side effect: People are encountering more and more closed sidewalks in construction zones. It doesn’t have to be this way. Visit… Read More »

Street trees: What to plant and where

Do you love street trees? But hate what some do to sidewalks? Then this blog is for you. Street trees provide tremendous benefits to people who walk, especially in a region with summers as hot as ours. But if they’re located too close to the sidewalk, they also create problems. If you live in Atlanta,… Read More »

Step by step to safe sidewalks in Atlanta

Set priorities, fund repairs and report on progress In July the City of Atlanta approved an ordinance addressing sidewalk maintenance that takes positive steps forward but falls far short of needs. To bring sufficient funding and transparency, much work remains. Establish sidewalk maintenance priorities The ordinance requires Public Works to implement repairs “upon a prioritized… Read More »