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 »

Surveying road conditions on foot

Creating streets for people Picture this: You’ve just gotten off the bus at Boulevard and Morgan and need to get to the park on the other side of the street. You look across Boulevard: four traffic lanes, two on-street parking lanes, 60 feet of crossing distance, and cars travelling over 40 miles per hour. The… Read More »

Walkups through popups

Placemaking. Tactical Urbanism. Popup Projects. Call it what you want, but revitalizing abandoned and underutilized spaces into lively public spaces (quickly and cheaply) is a worldwide movement. New York City embraced a pedestrianized Times Square filled with chairs and tables. San Francisco kick-started the parklet craze, which fueled PARKing Day. Cities and small towns are… Read More »

Slow Down, Save Lives

Much of the risk to pedestrians come from speeding cars. If hit at 20 mph, the risk of death is 5%. If hit at 40 mph, the risk of death is 85%. For our new “Kill Speed/Save Lives” initiative, we’re partnering with Abbadabba’s, neighborhood organizations and police departments to encourage metro Atlanta drivers to slow… Read More »

Don’t miss out: 2 cool walks in May

Join a PEDS’ Walk! May is a terrific time to be outside, and two unique walks are coming soon. Each walk covers a different topic related to walkability in Atlanta. Join people from all walks of life, including neighborhood leaders, government officials and people who just want to have a good time!   King Memorial… Read More »

Safe crossings

Make safe crossings a reality No one should have to run to get across the street. But on Monroe Drive, a popular transit route adjacent to multi-family housing, grocery stores and Piedmont Park, many people have no other choice. On streets like this, safe crossings are vital. Streets have many uses, only one of which is… Read More »

“Building a livable city for all ages requires two words”

“Pedestrians first” – Gil Penalosa, Director, 8-80 Cities Walking together brings us in touch with our community. It also opens our eyes to what is and isn’t being done right. Everybody Walks For many people in the Atlanta region, walking is especially challenging. For older adults, balance problems and slower reaction times are common. And… Read More »

Hey! We’re walkin’ here!

Create safe walkways in construction zones. Construction is booming in Atlanta. Cranes dot the landscape. Increased density bodes well for urban areas,  where new office workers and residents increase vibrancy at street level. But what about during construction? Most developments take more than a year to complete. This makes safe pedestrian access especially important. Closed… Read More »

Intersection Site Visit

Walk a mile in my shoes. I recently walked from the Lindbergh MARTA station to the Tara Theater on Cheshire Bridge. An eye-opening — and frightening experience. If you’ve ever walked on Lindbergh Drive, you know it’s a challenge. Along most of it, sidewalks exist on just one side of the street. Despite that, safe… Read More »