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“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 »

Match MARTA development with Complete Streets

Let’s build Safe Routes to Transit. If you’ve walked to or from a MARTA station, there’s a good chance you felt the walk was unpleasant, at best. Exceptions may include Decatur Station, Midtown Station, and the downtown stations. But in most cases, pedestrian accommodations are an afterthought. Entrances often face parking lots, with high-speed roads… Read More »

Speak up for safe sidewalks

Action Alert: Ask City Council members to fund sidewalk repairs If you’re like me, you’re tired of tripping on broken sidewalks. Good news: Your voice will make a difference.  At yesterday’s Town Hall meeting, Atlanta officials made three things clear about proposed infrastructure bonds: 1)      The amount of funding allocated to sidewalk repairs remains unclear.… Read More »

Walk with us into 2015

As the year comes to a close, I want to thank you and let you know how contributions from people like you are helping make streets in the Atlanta region safer, more enjoyable places to walk. I also want to ask you to make a special year-end donation supporting activities that inspire increased investment in… Read More »

MLK and RDA: Putting people first

Road Safety Audit of MLK and RDA Boulevard Streets have many uses, only one of which is moving cars. They are also public spaces, accounting for nearly one-third of all our land. Together with GDOT, MARTA, community leaders, and advocates, we are working to transform our streets into destinations that put pedestrians first. Road safety… Read More »

West Midtown Walk & Talk

Join us to explore West Midtown! Sunday, Nov 23, 4 – 5 PM Cancelled due to inclement weather. We will reschedule soon. Walk with us on November 23rd to talk with community leaders, elected officials, developers and others about Atlanta’s West Midtown District. Howell Mill is a vibrant, fast-developing corridor in the district. Best of… Read More »

Be safe, be seen on Halloween!

Pedestrians now account for nearly 1 in 5 traffic fatalities in Georgia. And on Halloween, the share of crash victims that are pedestrians doubles. What can you and your kids do to stay safe? For parents and pedestrians: Be visible – A person wearing reflective clothing is visible at 10 times the distance as a… Read More »

Golden Shoe Awards 2014

Transforming the Region, Step by Step At our 15th annual Golden Shoe Awards Celebration yesterday, we recognized terrific people, projects and places whose achievements this year help transform the Atlanta region into a great place to walk. Pedestrian-friendly Access: MARTA, for the pedestrian bridge that provides access to the Buckhead MARTA Station to thousands of… Read More »