Fund Safe Streets for Dunwoody
We ask that the Dunwoody City Council reflect our community value of "Safety First" and take immediate actions to reduce the likelihood of a crashes that can cause injuries or fatalities of our citizens and guests. Put Safety First as the number one criteria in our budgeting formula for fixing and maintaining our streets.
During the March 14th city council meeting, there is a proposal to allocate an additional $250,000 in this year's budget to paving. We have already budgeted $2,300,000 for paving in 2016. As a 13-square mile city, we spend more on paving than the entirety of Carol county, which has 500 square miles. We ask that these precious funds be directed into safety projects to protect our most vulnerable users. Remove the "Resolution to Amend the 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets" from the Consent Agenda and open it up to discussion and a separate vote.
Our public thoroughfares need to be re-engineered to a human-scale. Today, they are built so that cars can drive as fast & efficiently as possible through our city. Look at North Peachtree in the Kingsley neighborhood. Look at Stonington and their long-term and ongoing efforts of the residents in their attempt for traffic calming measures. Look at the new pedestrian crossing with flashing beacon lights on Mt. Vernon & Stratham. Each day, cars zoom by as people on foot press the crosswalk button. The lights flash while families anxiously wait to cross and walk to school or meet their neighbors. Evidence as posted to the NEXTDOOR website. We have dozens of other examples. A white painted crosswalk marking, or even flashing beacon lights only do so much.
We are sending out a plea out to our city council to focus on funding for the SAFETY of our public on our streets, instead of accelerating the scheduled paving plan. Adopt a "Vision Zero" policy so that we re-engineer our streets with the goal of ZERO injuries or fatalities of pedestrians, visually impaired, persons in wheelchairs, on bicycles, disabled, or people in motor vehicles.
More details are posted to our website HERE
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