Topic

cycling

16 petitions

Started 7 days ago

Petition to Marta, CITY OF ATLANTA, GDOT, The ATL

Create a safer Atlanta Beltline by providing a separate path for bikes and scooters

City of Atanta: Please create a safer Atlanta Beltline by separating bikes from pedestrians with a new bike path, while moving forward with transit for the full Beltline loop.Either of the following would allow for separation of bike and scooter traffic from the walkway. Both combined would optimize our transit options:A. Add a separate cycling path where the space allows. Retain the wide sidewalk area for walking.B. Use trackless automated trains so transit can move around bikes. C. Include access for smaller shuttles carrying 6 to 12 passengers, similar to the shuttles being tested on North Avenue. The Atlanta Beltline has a multi-use path on one side. It's the most wonderful escape in the city, but it can also be stressful as children and dogs dart between bikes, e-bikes, scooters and e-scooters. The 2005 Beltline proposal included transit with overhead wires and no automation features (no lidar, radar or cameras). It relied solely on drivers to respond quickly if people walked in front of vehicles. Technology has changed significantly since then, making it possible for bikes to safely share routes with automated electric shuttles. Overhead power is no longer necessary thanks to batteries, so bikes, scooters and shuttles can now ride adjacent to transit vehicles. Integrating with a network of shuttles could compete effectively with Uber and Lyft to increase city transit revenue. Shuttles can take riders door-to-door as they connect using neighborhood side streets and designated greenway trails. 6 to 12 person shuttles are also the ideal size for future integration with high speed underground transit. May Mobility shuttles are one example of a narrow shuttle vehicle that would allow for passing within the width of a single light rail track. Safety drivers at the front of the May Mobility shuttle can stop the vehicle at any time. All shuttle riders could be provided with an emergency stop button. Here's a link to learn more about May Mobility shuttles financed by Toyota and BMW. May Mobility shuttles are already in use in Detroit and Ann Arbor.https://www.caranddriver.com/news/heres-why-big-automakers-are-investing-in-may-mobility-an-autonomous-shuttle-startup Similar Transdev autonomous vehicles have been tested on North Avenue:https://atlanta.curbed.com/2017/9/15/16310722/autonomous-vehicle-atlanta-north-avenue-smart-corridor-test With 3 to 6 doors on each side of the shuttle vehicles, passengers enter and exit without disrupting other riders. Handicapped individuals don't have to navigate down an isle. Let's provide a separate path for bikes and scooters so people and dogs are not at risk of injury. The existing Beltline walkway would be unchanged. Transit vehicles could travel over a paved surface with geo-fence guides. A planted median with a decorative wooden fence could separate pedestrians from vehicle lanes. Thank you for signing our petition!Please share with your friends.

Atlanta Rides
132 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Nat Gale, Monica Rodriguez

Change La Tuna Canyon Road To Prevent More Deaths and Serious Injuries

On Saturday, December 9th, 52 year old father of 3 and avid cyclist, Keith Jackson, was on a family ride with his daughter-in-law, Rene and son, Chris. At around 2:15 PM, with Chris and Rene watching, a black SUV (possibly a Mazda) swerved across lanes and struck Keith from behind, sending him flying through the air. The driver quickly sped away, leaving Keith lying in the road, badly injured and clinging to life. Luckily, paramedics arrived quickly and were able to get him to a local hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition. La Tuna Canyon Road has been known for decades for its high speeds and dangerous drivers. There has been an average of one person killed on this 5 mile stretch of road every year since 2013 and, according to the Los Angeles Vision Zero website, a total of 15 injured in the last year alone. Drivers often illegally use the center “left-turn” lane as a passing lane. The LAPD who patrol La Tuna refer to this as the “Chicken Lane” due to the game of “Chicken” that ensues when two drivers engage in this illegal activity at the same time from opposite directions. This occurs along La Tuna’s narrow, curving roads at speeds exceeding 60 MPH, even in sections where there is an elementary school. Hundreds of cyclists use the road as a source of exercise on the weekend despite the dangers. La Tuna is also one of the few remaining equestrian communities in Los Angeles. The dangerous conditions on La Tuna Canyon road have done years of harm to this equestrian community. La Tuna Canyon Road was slated for safety improvements to reduce illegal driving and protect law-abiding drivers, cyclists, equestrians and pedestrians. These long overdue improvements were put on hold by LA DOT. Changes that take all of these issues into account must be made. Had these changes been implemented, Keith might never have been hit. Each passing day that these changes are not implemented is a game of Russian Roulette for those who live in, pass through, or come to enjoy the canyon. It is time to cut through the red-tape and take vitally needed actions to rein in the illegal drivers and make La Tuna Canyon Road safe for children, pedestrians, cyclists, motorcycles, equestrians and cars alike. We are respectfully asking that Councilmember Monica Rodriguez and LA DOT immediately implement these vitally needed safety improvements to La Tuna Canyon Road and, in turn, help save lives.

Streets Are For Everyone (SAFE)
4,036 supporters