Atlanta’s Pleasantdale Road Voted the Least Crossable Street in America

Atlanta's Pleasantdale Road was voted America's least crossable street by our readers.
Streetsblog readers voted Atlanta’s Pleasantdale Road the nation’s least crossable street. Image: Google Maps

Streetsblog readers have spoken, choosing Atlanta’s Pleasantdale Road as the “least crossable street in America,” which beat tough competition from Phoenix, Kansas City, and other cities.

Here's a closeup of Pleasantdale Road, our "winner." Image: Google Maps
If you don’t want to walk a mile out of your way to a crosswalk, you have to scramble across a five-lane speedway. Image: Google Maps

To legally walk from the bus stop at Pleasant Shade Drive to the apartment complex across the street using the nearest crosswalk would require a three-quarter-mile trip.

Jacob Mason, the reader who submitted this entry, said at some points Pleasantdale Road is even worse: The detour to use a legal pedestrian crossing can stretch to as long as 1.7 miles.

Mason also notes that Pleasantdale Road is five lanes wide, with a speed limit of 45 miles per hour, but it’s surrounded by apartment buildings. Nearby residents are faced with a horrible choice: walk a mile out of your way to a crosswalk, or take your life in your hands and make a dash for it.

The area is reminiscent of where Raquel Nelson‘s 4-year-old son was struck and killed by an intoxicated driver in nearby Cobb County. Nelson was tried and convicted of vehicular homicide, in a case that rested on the fact that she and her children were “jaywalking” instead of walking a third of a mile down the road to the nearest crosswalk. Mason says Pleasantdale Road reflects how that kind of injustice is built in to the environment of the Atlanta region.

Coming in close behind Pleasantdale Road in the competition were West Indian School Road in Phoenix and Middlesex Turnpike in Burlington, Massachusetts. Thanks to everyone who submitted entries and voted. Hopefully, this will help provide the impetus for some positive change.

  • JDC

    While it’s certainly not a safe crossing, it’s perfectly legal to cross Pleasantdale Road from the bus stop to the apartment complex: http://peds.org/issues/respect-pedestrians/pedestrian_right_of_way/

  • Emmily_Litella

    Billions for bailouts of the big boys and their minions of lawyers, lobbyists, and incompetent marketing experts; crumbs for the good citizen getting by without a car. Shows to go ya who it is that counts.

  • “Mason says Pleasantdale Road reflects how that kind of injustice is built in to the environment of the Atlanta region.”

    I like that phrasing — that this lack of pedestrian infrastructure and safe crossings is an injustice built into the environment. Absolutely true.

    I’m a Downtown ATL resident now but I grew up in the car-sprawl of Cobb County, where my disgust with this kind of car-only environment was born. Suburban retrofits and pedestrian improvements can’t come soon enough for these parts of the region.

  • J

    Good point, and fantastic resource!

  • Joe B

    So, this is a little random, but I don’t know where else to ask.

    Does an unmarked crosswalk exist when crossing at a T intersection where the through street has a median? Or are the two halves of the through street treated as separate one-way highways, with an unmarked crosswalk existing on the half that is closer to the cross street but not on the half that is farther from the cross street? (See google maps link.)

    I suspect that this is the sort of thing that cops decide on the spot, based on your attitude and how close it is to the end of the month. Does anybody know what the law says?

    https://maps.google.com/maps?q=venice+blvd+%26+ocean+view,+90066&hl=en&ll=34.003818,-118.431823&spn=0.006795,0.010332&sll=34.00444,-118.432542&sspn=0.006831,0.010332&hnear=Venice+Blvd+%26+Ocean+View+Ave,+Los+Angeles,+California+90066&t=m&z=17&layer=c&cbll=34.004374,-118.432491&panoid=hxtmWhlT-T0jdxsGtHr3sA&cbp=12,111.18,,0,25.05

  • Joe B

    I see the resource you pointed out answered my question — in Georgia, they’re treated as seperate highways if they’re 30 feet or more apart. I’m in California, though, so I’m curious about CA law, which as far as I can tell doesn’t address the question.

  • This shows exactly why we need LaVista Hills to pass. This area needs a light and cross walks in coordination to move the Bus Stops to those locations. Vote Yes for LaVista Hills on November 3rd so we can fix this mess! I have called the county over and over and over about this with no response other than “we will look into it….”

  • Well the issue is 2 previous CEOs of the county are in Federal Prison for corruption and 3rd one and is under indictment. They were to busy putting money in their own pockets to address petty little things like the citizens needs. #DeKalbWEAK

  • No there is no cross walk and Marta Buses can not stop on coming traffic. See my videos: https://www.facebook.com/DeKalbWEAK/videos/1651788881727420/

    https://www.facebook.com/DeKalbWEAK/videos/1651787311727577/

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