GDOT to partner with pedestrian and bike advocacy groups

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A plan to beautify and improve the safety and walkability of the streets around Northlake Mall in Tucker was put on hold last year due to the federal transportation funding crisis. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM.
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A plan to beautify and improve the safety and walkability of the streets around Northlake Mall in Tucker was put on hold last year due to the federal transportation funding crisis. BRANT SANDERLIN /BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM.

The Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday announced the formation of new partnerships with Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety (PEDS) and Georgia Bikes.

The partnerships aim to increase safety for cyclists and walkers. Both organizations have already been helping to develop the state’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan. Now, they’ll help implement the strategies that have been plotted out within it. Over three years, $613,710 (90 percent federal; 10 percent state) will be invested to promote programs that make it safer for Georgians to walk and ride bikes. They include:

  • Providing training to transportation professionals and law enforcement officials
  • Developing updated state Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Action plans
  • Inventorying crosswalks at intersections without traffic signals
  • Assessing crosswalks and crossing signals near bus stops on roads with a history of collisions.

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