Atlanta police say since Midtown got its rainbow crosswalks, the number of accidents did not grow. These colorful rainbow crosswalks at the Midtown intersection were installed two years ago, on July 2017.
But, there are contradictions in this statement because rainbow crosswalks don’t really have any impact on safety, nor do they stop accidents from happening.
The number of accidents over the years (both car and pedestrian accidents) was fluctuating, but there is no proof that these rainbow crosswalks are doing anything. In 2015 there were 26 accidents at the intersection of 10th Street and Piedmont Avenue. Twenty-four of them were car accidents, and two were pedestrian. The following year the number reduced to twenty car accidents, and the number remained the same in 2017. In 2018 nineteen car accidents and one pedestrian accident happened, while this year, so far, there were twenty accidents (eighteen car accidents and one pedestrian accident).
Other American cities also have such rainbow crosswalks. The Federal Highway Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation, addressed a letter to Ames City, Iowa, saying that these rainbow crosswalks turn out to be a safety concern. The Seattle Department of Transportation got a similar letter from The Federal Highway Administration back in 2015. However, both Ames City and Seattle did not respond to the letters.
Atlanta apparently will do the same if the city receives a letter from FHA. Atlanta’s Press Secretary Michael Smith stated that the rainbow crosswalks are not going anywhere.
The city of Atlanta invested $196 000 for the installments of the rainbow crosswalks at the intersection of 10th and Piedmont. Last year in 2018, road crews did damages to the crosswalks, but they also restored them without any costs to the city of Atlanta.
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