Why did the Atlantan cross the road? To get to the other side... and get his cardio for the day. Just days after being ranked the eighth most dangerous metro area in the U.S. for pedestrians by Smart Growth America, Atlanta is also vying with Phoenix as the home of the least crossable street in the nation in StreetsBlogUSA's poll, which points out that on Pleasantdale Road, pedestrians need to walk three-quarters of a mile out of their way to safely get from the MARTA stop to the apartments across the street via crosswalk. That's certainly ridiculous, but are there worse spots in Atlanta? What, in fact, is the city's least pedestrian-friendly street or crossing?
Maybe you struggle to traverse a street where the sidewalk simply ends on both sides of the road. Maybe you brave a crosswalk where the crossing sign gets mowed down repeatedly as SUVs fly past pedestrians without slowing. Maybe getting from one side of the street to the other requires a lengthy detour and the courage of a viking. Whatever your challenge, share the exact location in the comments and explain what makes it so horrific. The worst of the worse will make it into a Curbed Atlanta poll where your votes will determine the, um, "winner."
· A Crosswalk Too Far: Vote for the Least Crossable Street in America [StreetsBlogUSA]
· Dangerous By Design 2014 [Smart Growth America - PDF]