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BeltLine's Eastside Trail Recognized by PEDS

Midtown-based pedestrian advocacy organization hands out annual Golden Shoe Awards, including one to the Atlanta BeltLine that is hosting a public-invited implementation plan meeting Thursday night on the westside.

UPDATE: 11 a.m. 11/15/12

There's been a change of address for tonight's Atlanta BeltLine meeting as just posted on the group's Facebook page:

We hope to see all of you this evening at our Citywide Conversation! We have had a change of address and the new location is just across the street from the previous venue. Plenty of parking is available and it is close to the Vine City MARTA station.

New location: Central United Methodist Church
503 Mitchell Street SW Atlanta, GA 30314

 

ORIGINAL STORY

PEDS, metro Atlanta’s pedestrian advocacy organization, presented its 13th annual Golden Shoe Awards Tuesday evening in Midtown in a celebration to honor the people, projects and places that have contributed significantly this year to making metro Atlanta communities more walkable.

Friends and supporters of the Midtown-based PEDS gathered to highlight the nine winners and their pedestrian friendly projects, programs and policy changes.

2012 Golden Shoe Award winners:

 

Pedestrian-friendly Policy Change: Georgia Department of Transportation, for adopting a Complete Streets Policy that requires new transportation projects to serve all transportation modes.

Pedestrian-friendly Trail: City of Atlanta, for building the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail, a  combination of multi-use trail and linear greenspace in the old rail corridor running from Piedmont Park to Inman Park.

Pedestrian-friendly Events: Atlanta Streets Alive, a recurring event organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition that encourages cyclists and people on foot to take back and enjoy Atlanta’s streets.

Pedestrian-friendly Traffic Operations: City of Roswell, for installing Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons, a low-cost device that has dramatically increased driver compliance with crosswalk laws near Centennial High School.

Pedestrian-friendly Journalism: AJC reporter Jeremiah McWilliams, for bringing attention to Atlanta’s decaying sidewalk infrastructure and to rising pedestrian fatalities in Georgia.

Pedestrian-friendly Research: Urban Land Institute Center for Leadership, for research exposing inherent cost inefficiencies in Atlanta’s sidewalk maintenance program.

Pedestrian-friendly Activism: Brookwood Hills Neighborhood Association, for inventorying sidewalk conditions, working with the City of Atlanta and private contractors and raising sufficient funds, to repair over 3000 linear feet of curbs and sidewalks.

Pedestrian-friendly Suburban Retrofit: City of Duluth, for installing a roundabout and sidewalks that are encouraging increased walking.

Pedestrian-friendly Public Art: Living Walls, an ongoing program bringing artists to Atlanta to paint attractive and intriguing murals throughout the City.

The new 2.25-mile long section of the Atlanta BeltLine's Eastside Trail runs from Irwin St. to 10th St. and Monroe Dr., and connects the neighborhoods of Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Midtown, Poncey Highland and Virginia Highland. Construction is now underway at the northern end of the Trail for a new pedestrian crossing at Monroe Drive and 10th Street.

And there’s still much work to do. On Thursday, Nov. 15, BeltLine officials are hosting a community meeting, Citywide Conversation – Atlanta BeltLine Implementation Plan.” All are invited and it will take place from 6:30-8 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church, located at 437 Mitchell Street, Atlanta 30313

This from the Atlanta BeltLine:

What are the next steps for the Atlanta BeltLine? The Atlanta BeltLine is a massive, comprehensive project that touches more than 45 neighborhoods. While a great deal of work has been accomplished in the past six years, there is much more to do. We must answer important questions about how we build the rest of the project – and we can only do that with your help.

In 2013, we will release an implementation plan that will guide us through the next five years as well as the next two decades. Working with the community, we finalized 10 master plans; completed a Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement for transit and trails; created an Equitable Development Plan, Community Benefits Principles, and Environmental Justice Policy; built five parks, three trails, and interim hiking trails; developed affordable housing; and created a dynamic public art program.

We need your help to inform the priorities of the project moving forward. The upcoming Citywide Conversation is your opportunity to hear about how we are shaping this plan, and what criteria we will use to prioritize projects. Following the Citywide Conversation, Study Group meetings will be scheduled to get your input on how we move projects forward.

Please join us as we begin the next exciting chapter for the Atlanta BeltLine!

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