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 crossings are nearly a mile apart. Between these is a badly located crosswalk where pedestrians can’t see what’s coming.
Even worse, the intersection with highway on and off ramps is designed as though pedestrians don’t exist.
One size doesn’t fit all. If you need an example of why telling pedestrians to “cross at crosswalks only” doesn’t work everywhere, this is it. How do you cross at crosswalks if no crosswalk exists? And why cross at a crosswalk if you can’t see what’s coming?
During a recent site visit with me, Georgia Department of Transportation engineer Brad Humphrey braved traffic to experience it himself. Brad agreed: conditions are unacceptable. He also committed to create safer crossings. Next step: finding money to implement them.
See something. Say something. And schedule a site visit.