Your support for Safe Routes to Transit is saving lives.
People who walk to public transit are among the most vulnerable pedestrians in the Atlanta region. In response to our request, the Atlanta Regional Commission compared crash locations and transit stops.
The findings were alarming. Over 20 percent of pedestrian crashes here occurred within 100 feet of a transit station or bus stop. And nearly half occurred within 300 feet.
With your support, the Safe Routes to Transit Initiative has raised awareness of risks facing people who walk to transit. It’s also helped transportation professionals select effective solutions.
The impact has been tremendous.
- Transportation agencies now allocate over $20 million / year in pedestrian safety improvements on transit corridors in metro Atlanta.
- Local and state safety plans and design guidelines are incorporating recommendations from the Safe Routes to Transit: Toolkits for Safe Crossings in Metro Atlanta we developed.
- Walk-by Visioning activities give transit-dependent pedestrians a voice in transportation planning.
- The Georgia Department of Transportation partners with local agencies, PEDS and others on “Pedestrian Road Safety Audits.”
- Transportation agencies are installing median refuge islands, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons, Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons and other safety tools.
“Pedestrians have a right to cross roads safely” the Federal Highway Administration states, “and planners have a responsibility to plan, design and install safe and convenient crossing facilities.”
The Safe Routes to Transit Initiative helps agencies answer the question: How can this need best be addressed?