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April 2011 
In This Issue
Sidewalk Hazard Hunt
Fun Volunteer Opportunity
Ponce de Leon Safety Improvements Afoot
Pedestrian Road Safety Audits

Hunt for sidewalk hazards during May

Have you noticed hazardous sidewalks in your neighborhood or near your school or place Sidewalk hazardof work?  Are sidewalks broken, obstructed or missing sections?  Do wires, parked cars, tree roots or other hazards create tripping hazards or block your way? By reporting these hazards in May, you could win prizes!   


PEDS encourages you to use our online tool to report sidewalk hazards from May 1 through May 31. Local governments rarely engage in proactive sidewalk inspection,  which means your involvement in reporting hazards is a critical first step toward improving safety. The recent storms brought down numerous trees and wires, which makes your help especially important at this time. 


The more hazards you report during May, the more chances you have to win prizes. PEDS will hold drawings for cash and other prizes on May 16 and May 31. Check peds.org later this month for details on how to participate.

Fun volunteer opportunity at Inman Park Festival 

PESidewalk Petition at Inman FestDS will have a booth promoting our Safe Sidewalks Campaign in the Community Corner at the Inman Park Festival on April 30 and May 1. We need volunteers to work two-hour shifts from 11:00am to 7:00pm each day.

Volunteers will encourage festival-goers to
participate in PEDS' May Sidewalk Hazard Hunt. They'll also share information about our efforts to get the City of Atlanta to invest in sidewalk maintenance. A map of the festival and directions to Inman Park are available online.

If you can join us at the Festival for two hours between 11 AM and 7 PM on Saturday, April 30 or Sunday, May 1, please email liz@peds.org or call 404-685-8732 to let us know.  

Pedestrian safety improvements afoot on Ponce de Leon 

The Georgia Department of Transportation is moving forward on designing pedestrian safety improvements on Ponce de Leon between Piedmont Avenue and Moreland.  Proposed changes include converting an eastbound lane to a two-way left turn lane with median refuge islands and HAWK signals, which will make it much safer to cross Ponce de Leon at locations that are not controlled by traffic signals.

To increase planners' and designers' awareness of pedestrian needs on Ponce, PEDS organized a two-mile walk that enabled pedestrian advocates, developers and neighborhood leaders to provide input on existing hazards. Representatives of the Georgia Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Governor's Office of Highway Safety, Midtown, Old Fourth Ward. Virginia-Highland, Poncey-Highland and other neighborhoods participated.
Walking tour on Ponce de Leon

PEDS will audit pedestrian hazards on transit corridors  

FHWA logoThanks to a grant from the Federal Highway Administration and support from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and people like you, PEDS will soon conduct pedestrian road safety audits on several of the region's most dangerous transit corridors for pedestrians. GOHS

These audits will increase awareness of hazards facing pedestrians who seek to access transit on multi-lane roads in metro Atlanta. The audits will also engage stakeholders in identifying needs and increase knowledge about and support for implementing potential solutions.

Andy McBurney and Eugene McGuinness, Georgia Tech graduate students who are pursuing joint degrees in regional planning and civil engineering, will begin work on this project soon. 
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