From MANA: Bicycle/Pedestrian Road Safety Audit Results. Thursday, September 5th, 5-6 p.m.. The conclusions from July's Bicycle and Pedestrian Road Safety Audit of North Decatur Road will be presented for feedback from road users, county officials, and area stakeholders.
From the City of Decatur (h/t Joe Greear): "At the request of a number of residents, the City of Decatur, GA has conducted a review of speed limits and several other traffic related issues within the jurisdiction. Based on this research and adopted policies, a comprehensive, City-wide update for speed limits is being proposed to improve consistency and to improve conditions to support the community’s vision of Decatur as a safe, walkable and bike-friendly place for all ages. Revising speed limits at a comprehensive community level provides the opportunity to create a consistent policy for areas of similar land use and character.
[Update 7/26: Because of rain, this action has been postponed until next weekend August 3-4 according to Joe Greear, 404-368-6246 or firstname.lastname@example.org] Posted with permission from Deanne Thomas [mailto:email@example.com]: Hi Y'all, Hope this email finds everyone well. I'm checking in to see who all's up for a door-to-door effort along the N. Decatur Rd stretch to get residents and businesses to display PEDS SLOW DOWN! signs. ... PEDS will give us their last 50 signs so that we can really raise drivers' awareness. It'll also let us fill folks in on the collaborative initiative going on between community residents, safety groups, and the involved governments. Ideally, we can do it this weekend so that it's in place for Monday's rush hour-- sooner would be fine too. What do y'all think? And if you're up for it, when suits best to do it? Deanne
From the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition: Bike commuters interested in sharing their experiences biking (or avoiding) N Decatur Road east of Emory University are invited to attend a community forum. Feedback will be used to inform the bicycle road safety audit of N Decatur being performed the 30th and 31st. The meeting will be held Monday July 29th 5:30-6:30 at the Claudia Nance Rollins building, Rm 2001, 401 Rollins Way, Emory campus.
From the office of commissioner Jeff Rader in response to a very pro-active campaign by CHCA resident Joe Greear: Dear Community Members and City of Decatur Officials, Like many in the community, Commissioners Rader and Gannon are grieving over the recent death of Mr. Jianchang Wu, a visitor who perished in a pedestrian accident on North Decatur Road, east of Clairmont. This tragedy, together with the death of cyclist Paul Taylor east of the recent incident, has made action to evaluate and improve pedestrian safety in this corridor a top priority. As a result, our Commission offices are working with community, county and city officials and staff to understand the situation and develop strategies and improvements to achieve pedestrian safety goals.
From PEDS (Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety) via CHCA resident Joe Greear: PEDS will be holding a Slow Down! signs distribution event on Wednesday, July 17th from 6-7pm at Suburban Plaza. Displaying a yard sign is a really terrific way to raise drivers' awareness when traveling our neighborhood streets. There is no charge for the signs, thanks to Abbadabba's sponsorship of this effort. This may be one of the last opportunities to get one of these bright yellow signs, so please stop by if you can.
From Joe Greear: Everyone, Someone has cut back and sprayed the bushes at the creek on N. Decatur. Thank you, that helps some, but as you can see from the attached photos, this remains an extremely dangerous place for pedestrians. The sidewalk narrows and looses the grass strip at the creek, making the pedestrian walk within inches of fast moving traffic. On top of that, the sidewalk is crumbling, broken and uneven. If a person were to trip on the manhole, they would surely be hit by oncoming cars. This section of road is right across from Landover and adjacent to the scene of the terrible tragedy that happened to the Wu family. It is my personal hope that the County can replace this culvert or at least the sidewalk with something that removes the pedestrian from the flow of traffic.
Attached is a letter posted with permission from CHCA resident Joe Greear to our commissioners asking to make N Decatur Rd safer for pedestrians. Below it are responses from Kathie Gannon's office and Emory's Clifton Community Partnership. Joe invites others to join him in keeping this issue alive. The CHCA board has also communicated their concerns. The story is scheduled to run Monday morning, 7/1/13, in the 6:30 half hour on Channel 11. It will also be posted on The Commuter Dude's webpage along with an extended interview of the victim's family.
Both ajc.com and Fox Atlanta report that a pedestrian was killed at the intersection of N Decatur and Landover Dr. Thursday morning June 20. That was the cause of the big traffic jam in our neighborhood. [Update 6/22/13: Identity of the victim and diagram of the accident have been published by the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch.]