Recap: November 2022 Transportation Committee meetings and legislation

Every two weeks, Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee meets to consider legislation and get updates from Atlanta transportation departments and agencies. We review the agendas in advance, decide what legislation is most relevant to our strategic goals, determine if public support or opposition is needed, then attend the meetings virtually or in person. This is our October summary of the meetings and the issues we're watching.  November 16, 2022 agenda, youtube, and two presentations: ATLDOT quarterly update & Moving Atlanta Forward (2022 bond and TSPLOST) Strategic Delivery Plan November 30, 2022 agenda, youtube, and MARTA quarterly update December 5, 2022 City Council Meeting agenda, youtube Read more

Shared e-scooter & bike hours extended to midnight

On December 5th, Atlanta City Council passed a resolution to extend the hours for “shared dockless mobility devices” (e-scooters and bikes available for rental) from 9 PM to midnight.  Read more

E-bike affordability takes a step forward

On Monday, December 5, 2022, Atlanta City Council introduced legislation to launch an e-bike rebate program for Atlanta residents. A working group, including Propel ATL and other organizations, will explore programs and lessons learned in Denver, Boston, and other cities to make recommendations for an Atlanta program.  Read more

New bike/LIT lanes for Downtown

Let's celebrate.  Atlanta will add ~ 2 miles new miles of bike/LIT lanes Downtown, and very soon. Work starts Saturday, November 19, 2022. Read more to find out how we got here. [Update: after getting more details from ATLDOT, this blog post has been updated with some good news: we succeeded in getting a bike lane on parts of Trinity Ave.] Read more

Recap: October 2022 Transportation Committee meetings

Every two weeks, Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee meets to consider legislation and get updates from Atlanta transportation departments and agencies. We review the agendas in advance, decide what legislation is most relevant to our strategic goals, determine if public support or opposition is needed, then attend the meetings virtually or in person. This is our October summary of the meetings and the issues we're watching.  Read more

Pedestrian fatality site visit: Boulevard NE

On Monday, September 12, a 70 year old man was struck by the driver of a car and killed while attempting to cross Boulevard NE near Wabash Avenue. On October 20, 2022, we met with District 2 Councilmember Amir Farokhi and Transportation Engineering Director Mark Tai from the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) for a pedestrian fatality site.  Our purpose was to better understand this location and determine what safety interventions may prevent future fatalities. Read more for the safety recommendations and actions taken by ATLDOT as a result. Read more

Thank you to our Senior Director of Strategy & Growth, Haydée Santana!

Please join us in celebrating Haydée Santana’s many accomplishments and contributions to Propel ATL as she transitions out of her role on our staff as Senior Director of Strategy & Growth.  Read more

Collective Action Created Legislative Change for Downtown Streets/22-R-4417

The City of Atlanta recently fast-tracked a proposal (22-R-4417) to repave eight downtown streets around the State Capitol and City Hall using bond/TSPLOST funds.  If it had passed as originally written, downtown streets would be smoother, but not measurably safer. Fortunately, it was amended to require the repaving projects include bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and add funds from the general fund to reduce the drain on the bond/TSPLOST. Read more for how this was achieved and what's next!  Read more

Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Awards Grant to Propel ATL

Propel ATL is pleased to announce it has received a $70,947.84 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) with federal funds from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).The grant, which will continue through September 2023, will support efforts to reduce bicycle crashes and injuries. Read more

Fix or vote down proposal to repave streets without making them safer

On Monday, October 17th, Atlanta City Council will consider Resolution 22-R-4417, a proposal to spend $6.2 Million to repave several blocks of 8 downtown streets – Mitchell Street, Trinity Avenue, Martin Luther King Jr Drive, Washington Street, Central Avenue, Capitol Avenue, Capitol Square, and Memorial Drive – around the Georgia State Capitol and Atlanta City Hall before the next state legislative session begins in January.  If this legislation is approved, the streets would be resurfaced as-is, without any changes to make walking or biking safer, despite City policy to “prioritize safety in restriping programs.” Take action Read more

Sept 30th Strategic Delivery Plan for the $750M “Moving Atlanta Forward Infrastructure Program"

On Tuesday, October 3rd, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens' administration shared its strategic delivery plan for the $750M "Moving Atlanta Forward" bond and TSPLOST infrastructure program.  The plan is described as showing "...how the City will activate the projects across multiple departments, including the monitoring and control measures the City will use to ensure the projects adhere to the baseline schedule, budget and project scope. The Plan also provides a project prioritization methodology and lays out how a master schedule will be used to manage these infrastructure improvements..." One major challenge for project delivery that the plan does not address: how the five transportation project managers for the entire Atlanta Department of Transportation are expected to deliver hundreds of projects. Read more for elements of the plan that stood out to us.   Read more

Pedestrian fatality site visit: Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard

This is the view from Joseph E Lowery Boulevard where a woman’s life ended suddenly in August 2022. She was trying to cross the street when the driver of a car struck her. She later died from her injuries. On Monday, September 26, 2022, we met with District 4 Councilmember Jason Dozier and Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) Mobility Planning Director Betty Smoot-Madison for a pedestrian fatality site visit, to discuss what safety interventions could prevent future fatalities.  Read more

Recap: Atlanta City Council Transportation Committee meetings in September 2022

Every two weeks, Atlanta City Council’s Transportation Committee meets to consider legislation and get updates from Atlanta transportation departments and agencies. We review the agendas in advance, decide what legislation is most relevant to our strategic goals, determine if public support or opposition is needed, then attend the meetings virtually or in person. This is our monthly summary of the meetings and the issues we are watching. Read more

Atlanta’s Transit Equity Coalition in the Community

Propel ATL works to build an Atlanta where everyone moves safely, easily, and sustainably throughout the city, but we don't mean only by walking or rolling. Public transit makes moving and traveling through the city more sustainable and accessible, and making transit work better for people in Atlanta is a priority for us. A generous investment from the Mobility Fund helped establish a transit equity coalition, laying the groundwork for continued, collaborative advocacy that centers the voices of people with the greatest stake in transit, and who rely on it the most. Read more

Finding crash data to support safer streets

As advocates for people-centered, safer streets, crash data is a valuable tool to make the case for why a street needs traffic calming, bike/LIT lanes, fewer or narrower lanes to reduce speeds, or other safety interventions. Using crash data can help convey the urgency to develop safety measures people feel based on their experiences. Yet the information can be hard to find, outdated, or even inaccurate.  Georgia has a crash data portal that can help. Visit our recently-published Finding Crash Data page to learn more! 

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