PEDS, an advocacy nonprofit organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta pedestrian friendly, awarded Woodstock its 2011 Golden Shoes award for its Livable Centers Initiative streetscape project.
PEDS announced that Woodstock’s enhancement of downtown, which included redesigning its streets and sidewalks to accommodate pedestrians, the best pedestrian-friendly suburban retro-fit project.
Duluth was the only other municipality to receive a 2011 Golden Shoe award.
The city’s installation of sidewalks to improve safety along Davenport Road and connectivity between Buford Highway and the city garnered it the award.
Woodstock’s LCI project installed wider sidewalks extending into the intersections; new streetlights and trees along Main Street, between Towne Lake Parkway and Oak Street; and converted parking from parallel to angled spots.
The project was completed earlier this year.
Community Development Director Richard McLeod said the city submitted its project to be considered for an award a few months ago.
He said representatives from PEDS came to the city to see what Woodstock had done in downtown.
He said he was pleased with the city being recognized for its work.
“I think it shows the commitment from the mayor, City Council and the city that there’s more than one way to get around,” he said.
PEDS was founded in 1996 and has lobbied local and regional planners to make metro Atlanta streets safer for pedestrians.
PEDS President and CEO Sally Flocks said the city demonstrated it recognizes the value of walkability throughout the city.
Flocks said she and staff members with PEDS visited the city in October and said drivers were going at reasonable speeds, and the newly minted LCI project created simple, nice-looking streetscapes that included public spaces and retail shops.
Flocks said she and other PEDS representatives enjoyed touring Woodstock’s improvements.
“Woodstock was a delightful place to walk around in,” she said.
The city will soon extend its improvements to the north side of Main Street.
Woodstock in May received $700,000 from the Georgia Department of Transportation to continue its streetscapes project on Main Street, from the Towne Lake Parkway intersection to the Rope Mill Road intersection.
The project will improve access to the Park at City Center and to the Chambers at City Center.
Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques said he was happy the city was recognized for the project.
“It’s very gratifying that we are being recognized for having a vision,” he said.