Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur GA (pic submitted by Stan)
Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur GA (pic submitted by Stan)
Creative Loafing reports on the various bills that Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed this year, and it includes a bill that we highlighted here back during the legislative session that would allow cyclists and motorcyclists to ride through unresponsive red lights.
Here’s Governor Deal’s reasoning according to CL…
Veto Number 1
SB 76 Senate Bill 76 would allow motorcycle and bicycle operators to enter an intersection without providing a definitive regard to the traffic signal in instances where the lightweight nature of their vehicle will not activate a traffic-control device. While I am sympathetic to the concerns and causes of motorcyclists and bicyclists, this legislation does not provide an adequate solution and presents a confusing exception to motorists. Furthermore, Senate Bill 76 would eliminate the current 15-inch height restriction placed on motorcycle handlebars. Motorcycles equipped with handlebars more than 15 inches in height pose a safety hazard due to the increased difficulty in steering and decreased control. In 2014, crashes involving motorcycles and bicycles accounted for 13 percent of the fatalities on Georgia roads, and I do not see how this legislation will enhance roadway safety. Therefore, in the interest of providing the necessary roadway safety Georgians deserve, I hereby VETO Senate Bill 76.
Photo “Atlanta Cycling” by Tim – Flickr: Canyon. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
UPDATE: Lt. Ross clarifies that “accident reconstruction is “laser mapping of roadway evidence”.
Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross sends along this alert…
On Tuesday, May 12, 2015, Scott Boulevard will be closed between Clairemont Avenue and Coventry Road from 9:30 am to approximately 11:30 am for an accident reconstruction.
You can get more info on the deadly vehicle accident that occurred on Scott Boulevard on April 25th HERE.
UPDATE III: Decatur PD says that North Decatur Road has reopened.
UPDATE II: From DPD…
On 5-6-2015 at approximately 12:22 pm, Decatur Police responded to a vehicle accident involving a passenger car and a cement truck on North Decatur Road and Superior Avenue. The road is closed to remove the vehicles and debris. The driver of the passenger car sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital. The driver of the cement truck did not sustain injuries. The driver of the cement truck was cited for disregarding a red light and too fast for conditions. Clean up is still underway at this time but is expected to be completed by approximately 5:00 pm. We will send an update once the roadway has been reopened.
UPDATE: Decatur PD reports that there were no fatalities in this accident. All injuries were “non-life threatening”.
Catherine writes in with this report and photo…
Photo of accident at Superior and N. Decatur, just inside CoD so our police are working it. Cement mixer turns over on top of car. My husband talked to the fire and rescue personnel and they report that the driver of the car was conscious and talking when pulled from the car and the driver of the cement mixer is also alive and OK from what I understand.
Don’t know how it happened. We were out and came home to this.
I will be emailing city next to ask that they take more measures to make this intersection safer. Things are getting worse and worse.
The Decatur Minute is reporting that the road will be closed for several hours.
There has been an accident at N Decatur Rd & Superior Ave and the intersection is expected to be blocked for several hours while emergency personnel respond. Please avoid this area for now. An update will be posted once the intersection is re-opened.
We’re following up with Decatur PD to get the police report. Stay tuned.
If you frequently take Clairmont Road north of Decatur to get on I-85, you’re likely well acquainted with how quickly traffic moves along that road north of Briarcliff Road.
The Cliff Valley School has seen “multiple accidents directly in front of [their] campus” this year” along this stretch of blacktop (MAP), so the school has proposed a plan to redesign its entrance. According to notes on the school’s website, the proposed final plan has come as a result of a traffic study, land survey, community survey, and input from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The stated goals of the plan are as follows…
The master plan expands the circular parking lot onto two neighboring residential lots to the south and lines up the school’s driveway entrance with Black Fox Drive at the other side of Clairmont Road. The plan calls for new turn lanes at that intersection, both into the school parking lot from the south and onto Black Fox Drive from the north.
Now that the plan is complete, the school’s website says it is seeking DeKalb County approval – a process they anticipate will take several months.
So, stay tuned.
Rendering courtesy of Cliff Valley School website. Current photo of Cliff Valley School courtesy of Google Streetview.
Work on the Beacon Municipal Center is almost complete.
Late last week, the city announced that the official dedication of the complex would take place on Saturday, May 16th. Related – the City Commission has a final change order for the project on its desk for tonight’s city commission meeting. (The final project budget is projected at $38,500,000, according to Asst. City Manager David Junger’s note to the commission.
Also on the City Commission’s docket this evening is an item submitted by the city’s Traffic Calming Committee to add a four-way stop close by at the intersection of West Trinity Place and Electric Avenue. Currently, it’s a two-way stop with stop signs on Electric, but not on Trinity.
According to a note submitted to the Commission from the Traffic Calming Committee to David Junger, the request was initiated by committee member Cheryl Burnette, however City Schools of Decatur employees have also voiced “their concerns of safety when crossing this intersection.”
With the official opening of the Beacon Center, the committee anticipates continually increasing traffic. Additionally, there is a concern about general visibility at that intersection. The note states that “Due to the close proximity of buildings to the intersection and on street parking, it can be difficult to see oncoming traffic without moving past the stop bar and into the intersection.”.
A field evaluation deemed that the request was “urgent due to the high volume of traffic, limited visibility, and proximity to major activity centers.”
If approved, the signs will be bagged for a week before being unveiled.
The city has long prepped Trinity to become a second Ponce de Leon Ave. The bike lane in the pic above is just one example. That happened back in 2010. Expect more little tweaks to the urban environment on Trinity in the coming years as Callaway and the DHA property at Commerce and Trinity is built up.
Photo courtesy of Google Streetview
I recall a good amount of interest from the masses the last time we posted an update on closing the Stone Mountain PATH trail gap back in 2013.
Well, here’s a good bit of news – and some nice history – for all you pedal pushers and sneaker jockeys :-), courtesy of the PATH Foundation…
DeKalb County, PATH, and CSX Railroad are negotiating an agreement that would allow PATH and the County to complete the missing segment of the Stone Mountain Trail between Glendale Road and Clarkston. The discussions are preliminary at press time but all parties are at the table attempting to reach an accord.
In 1992, The old Decatur to Stone Mountain trolley right-of-way was ‘discovered’ by the PATH Foundation founders during their search for a suitable trail corridor that would connect the Olympic venue in Atlanta to the cycle venue at Stone Mountain Park. This lovely, tree-lined corridor stretching from downtown Clarkston to Stone Mountain Village, had been deeded to DeKalb County by Georgia Power Company after being abandoned decades before. Needless to say it was just what the doctor ordered: a continuous, publicly owned corridor that was level and virtually free of obstacles.
The first foot of trail PATH ever poured was on the trolley corridor near the corner of Country Address, just east of Clarkston. A mile of trail was completed at this location and used as the ‘model mile’ to convince potential donors that trails were good and PATH was the real deal.
PATH went on to complete a majority of the trail between Freedom Park and Stone Mountain before the 1996 Olympics. One glaring exception was the half-mile segment west of Clarkston including the bridge over I-285. There were too many issues involved with crossing I-285 and encroaching onto railroad right-of-way for a young, inexperienced nonprofit to resolve in a timely fashion.
The recent negotiations were encouraged by the fact that DeKalb County condemned the edge of the CSX right-of-way for trail development late last year. Rather than continuing the court case, the parties have agreed to pursue a settlement that will allow a trail bridge across I-285 into Clarkston but would exit CSX right-of-way east of I-285. The PATH design team is altering plans to reflect terms of the agreement in hopes the project will move forward. Stay tuned.