Unblock the walk!
People who walk in Atlanta face far too many obstacles. Closed sidewalks in construction zones missing curb ramps and road work signs that block sidewalks are just a few.
The Atlanta Code calls on Public Works to issue permits that allow people to close sidewalks only as a last resort. Yet all too often, it allows developers to close sidewalks completely, simply because a sidewalk exists on the other side of the street.
Where sidewalks are closed, many people cross midblock or walk in the street. Public Works should operate our streets for the way people really behave, not the way they wish we would.
Road work signs that block sidewalks or put people at risk of whacking their heads are common in Atlanta. Such signs violate federal transportation guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Renew Atlanta infrastructure bond program is enabling the city to resurface numerous streets in Atlanta
We’re thrilled that Faye Dimassimo, the General Manager of the Renew Atlanta program, responded quickly to our concerns about lack of well-designed curb ramps on many of these streets.
Her discussions with project managers and field engineers should ensure that curb ramps are installed or repaired prior to or at the same time as all resurfacing projects.
We can’t do this alone. If you see signs that block the sidewalk in the City of Atlanta, snap a photo and write down the address. After that, call 311 to report the hazard. Even more important, contact your City Council representatives and ask them to require Public Works to monitor signs and fine violators.