Dangerous By Design: A nationwide look at pedestrian danger

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The sidewalk on the south side of Memorial Drive near Douglas Street. Drivers routinely exceed the 35 mph speed limit. When the sidewalk is impassable (often), then pedestrians are forced to step into oncoming traffic.

ATLANTA _ A recent report by a national organization that advocates for more walkable communities finds that 46,149 people in the US were killed by drivers while walking between 2005 and 2014. Imagine about 11 jumbo jets full of people crashing each year.

The “Dangerous By Design” report is issued by Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to research and advocacy for more walkable communities. It looks at the 104 largest metro areas in the country are ranked according to their “Pedestrian Danger Index,” or PDI. The PDI is a calculation of the share of local commuters who walk to work and the most recent data on pedestrian deaths. Continue reading “Dangerous By Design: A nationwide look at pedestrian danger”

Welcome (again)!

capitol2Welcome to the redesigned website for Memorial Drive Atlanta, a working partnership of residents, property owners, businesses, organizations, and public agencies along Memorial Drive in Southeast Atlanta.

The goal with this redesign was to create a simplified blog format that lets readers quickly catch up on the most recent updates and easily search for background information and resources. On our end, it helps us publish updates more quickly and frequently.  Continue reading “Welcome (again)!”