Your support for Safe Routes to Transit is saving lives.
For years, crash reports made us think that people who walk to public transit had become the most vulnerable pedestrians in the Atlanta region. To find out, we asked the Atlanta Regional Commission to compare 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, we’ve raised awareness of risks facing people who walk to transit. We’ve also helped transportation professionals select effective solutions.
Together, the impacts have been tremendous.
- Transportation agencies now allocate over $20 million / year in pedestrian safety improvements on transit corridors in metro Atlanta
- The Georgia Department of Transportation partners with local agencies, PEDS and others on “Pedestrian Road Safety Audits”
- Walk-by Visioning activities provide a voice in transportation planning to transit-dependent pedestrians
- 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.
- Transportation agencies are installing median refuge islands, Hybrid Pedestrian 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.”
With your support, our Safe Routes to Transit Initiative is helping agencies answer the question: How can this need best be addressed?