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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 »

50+ Walks Profile: Librarians are walkers too.

What does a retired librarian do for fun? Walk of course! From librarian to walk leader. “My name is Liz Bibby and I used to manage corporate, academic, and non-profit libraries. I retired a couple of years ago,” Liz recounts. Now, she lives in Buckhead and volunteers with PEDS for the 50+ Walks program. Liz… Read More »

50+ Walks Profile: Frank shows us around the Park

Exploring Tucker Parks with Frank Frank knows a good deal about Tucker and its parks. “I live in the brand new city of Tucker, GA,” Frank says, “and I serve on the Tucker Community Planning Board.” A retired government employee, Frank now trains people with disabilities on computer use. To get out and enjoy the world, he… 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 »

50+ Walks Profile: Nothing stops Dorothy from walking

Dorothy is a long time resident of the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. “I was born in the Old Fourth Ward back in 1945 on Felton Drive to my parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Williams.” Dorothy said. “I attended C.W. Hill Elementary School. I grew up and graduated from Howard High.”   She walks every week with… Read More »

50+ Walks Profile: Weekend walks in Norcross

Weekend walks are relaxing and exploratory! Jolyn leads two 50+ Walks group in Norcross on the weekend. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, she meets a large group at the park and gives a walking tour around the historic Norcross neighborhoods. Besides being a self employed software trainer, Jolyn helps her community by serving on the… 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 »

50+ Walks Profile: Deborah & the Dawdlers

What better way to break in the official spring season than a walk? The Tucker 50+ Walking group did just that. Deborah, a dedicated volunteer, helps guide the group each week. She started ‘The Dawdlers’, as they are casually known, and they walk twice a week in different neighborhoods around Tucker. This week, they visited… Read More »