Atlanta chosen to participate in the Safer Roads Challenge

Submitted by Ingrid on Tue, 04/11/2017 - 14:15

Along with Sao Paolo and Shanghai, Atlanta has been picked as a participant in the Safer Roads Challenge, launched by the Together For Safer Roads Coalition. This coalition brings together global private sector companies to collaborate on improving road safety, focusing on issues in road safety management, safer roads and mobility, safer vehicles, safer road users, and post-crash response.

The consortium is comprised of IBM, UPS, AIG, Facebook and many other companies who will donate their technology and expertise in building information systems to identify safety issues and enact fixes.

How will this program affect Atlanta's streets?

Plans call for safety measures to be implemented along North Avenue, which stretches across the city. As of yet, we don't know which sections of the street could be included, or what the exact safety measures will be. So the hope is that the challenge will improve safety along this corridor, with the potential for similar safety improvements to be enacted in other areas of the city.

Why was Atlanta chosen for the program?

Together for Safer Roads Coalition (TSR) is supporting the City of Atlanta’s goal to reduce the number of pedestrian and vehicle collisions along the North Avenue smart corridor. In 2014, the crash rate on North Avenue was more than 200% worse than the statewide average for similar roadways. TSR is analyzing root causes of crashes to forecast warning alerts.

How dangerous is walking in Atlanta?

According to Smart Growth America, Sunbelt communities that grew in the post-war period are most dangerous, including Orlando, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Jacksonville, Miami, Memphis, Birmingham, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. These regions grew rapidly, with many low-density neighborhoods with wide, fast arterial roads. These types of roadways rarely feature the facilities needed to maintain pedestrian safety.