Atlanta Infrastructure, Rapid Growth Jeopardize Bicyclist, Pedestrian Safety

Mar 11, 2019

Collisions that involve cars, pedestrians and bicycles are on the rise across the U.S., including in Georgia. The Atlanta Regional Commission reported a 53 percent jump in such collisions in metro Atlanta between 2006 and 2015. The number of serious injuries or fatalities from these collisions over that time went up by 26 percent.


Thomas Wheatley is articles editor for Atlanta Magazine and recently wrote an article covering the issue of rising bicycle and pedestrian fatalities in Atlanta. He joined "On Second Thought" to discuss the causes of increased collisions — and efforts to reduce them.




"Atlanta is a city that is really retrofitting itself from being a city where people were leaving in the '70s and '80s and before that to a place where people are now coming back in very large numbers," Wheatley explained. "What worked back then is not working now."

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