The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association has published notes from last week's meeting: The meeting was led by Joe Greear (area resident), Rebecca Serna (Atlanta Bicycle Coalition) and Leah Yngve (Emory University's Rollins School of Health). Following an introduction and a presentation of audit findings and recommendations (presentation slides will be shared soon!), Commissioner Jeff Rader, Patrece Keeter (Public Works, Transportation Division) and Peggy Allen (Deputy Director of Traffic Engineering) provided DeKalb County's response. Representatives from the City of Decatur and Emory University (Bike Emory, Emory Police), PEDS, and Commissioner Kathie Gannon's office were also present. [Read more]
From district 2 commissioner Jeff Rader (2 p.m.): WATERSHED MANAGEMENT IS CURRENTLY REPAIRING A WATER MAIN AND IT IS REPORTED THE SOUTHBOUND LANE OF 2898 CLAIRMONT ROAD WILL BE CLOSED DURING THIS REPAIR
CLAIRMONT ROAD @ INTERSTATE 85
BROOKHAVEN - 30329
DISTRICT 18 / SECTION B / LANDLOT 196
CREW # 164 ALEXANDER BRAYTON IS ONSITE
From Joe Greear: Community Meeting: For a safer North Decatur Road, Sept. 26, 2013 7:00 PM, North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur, GA (at the corner of Medlock Rd. & N. Decatur). You know how dangerous N. Decatur Rd. is, now is your chance to let the County and the City of Decatur know. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Bike Emory will present the results of the Road Safety Audit that was conducted on N. Decatur Rd. from Church Street to Clifton Rd. to study and improve bicycle and pedestrian safety on N.
From the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Tuesday night, the memorial's creator Dave Mathews posted on his Bike Friendlyatlanta Facebook page that the Decatur City Manager and a commissioner contacted him and informed him that the city did not remove the memorial.
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.