Attention Advocates in Sandy Springs/North Fulton County!
The Georgia DOT has provided us with its lists of FY16 and FY17 planned resurfacing projects. We strongly encourage elected officials, transportation professionals and advocates to review the plans linked below for opportunities to implement Complete Streets and safety conversions as part of these projects.
Per GDOT's Complete Streets policy (Chapter 9, Section 9.4.2):
"On resurfacing projects, GDOT will consider requests from local governments to narrow or reduce the number of travel lanes in order to restripe the roadway to add bicycle lanes. Restriping that includes narrowing of the travel lanes will be considered where space is available and where the motor vehicle crash rate for sideswipe crashes (for the most recent five years for which data is available) does not exceed the statewide average for the same functional classification. A marked shared lane may be considered if sufficient width is not available for a bicycle lane and motor vehicle travel speeds are 35 mph or less."
If your community is interested in modifying lane widths, or the number of shared travel lanes, on a state route as part of a resurfacing project, please refer to the Federal Highway Administration's Road Diet Informational Guide.
GDOT Resurfacing Project Lists:
FY16 Project list (.xlsx)
FY17 Planned Projects list (.xlsx)
For details about a specific project, use the "P.I. Number" in the spreadsheet to look up information on GDOT's Project Search tool in the field "Project ID." You can see the section that will be resurfaced as a blue line on the map. Please note that if a project's status is showing as "Under Construction," it is likely too late to impact the restriping.
April 6, 2016, Middle Georgia College, 100 University Pkwy, Professional Science Center Room 238A Macon, GA
April 7, 2016, Ogeechee Technical College, One Joseph E. Kennedy Blvd, Natural Resource Building Room 1205, Statesboro, GA
Thanks to generous support from Voices for Healthy Kids, we conducted Georgia's first ever multi-city public opinion poll on people's attitudes toward Complete Streets policies and creating safer streets and neighborhoods for walking and biking.
The polling focused on likely voters in five Georgia cities: Athens, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, and Savannah. Telephone interviews and data analysis were managed by Public Opinion Strategies, one of the nation’s leading public opinion research firms specializing in political, public affairs, public policy, and corporate positioning research.
So, what did we find out?
Why is this information valuable?
If you are a local elected official, advocate, or supporter of Complete Streets, this new polling data indicates, quite clearly, that Georgians are in favor of more sidewalks, crosswalks and protected bike lanes...and they are willing to dedicate public funds for them.
Complete Streets policies can guide cities - and counties - to accommodate the safety and access of all road users in every phase of transportation project planning. An integrated, Complete Streets approach to transportation will lead incrementally, and affordably, to the kinds of streets and neighborhoods that Georgians want. Many Georgia cities already recognize this and recently have approved policies. The policies adopted by Gainesville and Savannah are among sixty-three such policies adopted nationwide in 2015.
If you are interested in reviewing the polling data in depth, please see the resources below:
This message was funded in part by a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association.