Bicycles and Pedestrians in Roswell
The City of Roswell is a vibrant and active community with a large bicycling and walking population. With amenities such as the Chattahoochee National Park and River and numerous parks, it is important the City's transportation system provides for safe and convenient connections.
The Roswell Loop is a series of alternative transportation routes throughout the city that connect the City’s parks, schools, historic downtown district, several neighborhoods, and many significant city resources. Ideally, each segment along the corridor would be constructed as a complete street, with bicycle lanes in both directions, a multi-use path along one side, and a sidewalk along the other. Constructing a complete street, however, is depended upon physical and right-of-way constraints; thus, some segments may incorporate varying types of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. The City has identified five smaller loops and two larger loops, as shown in the Roswell Loop Map. To date, the following complete street segments of the Roswell Loop are:
- Eves Road Orange Loop
- Old Alabama Road
- Hardscrabble Road Green Loop
Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon
A Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) is an overhead signal that indicates a pedestrian’s right of way to cross the street. PHBs establish a safer way for pedestrians to cross roadways and are typically located midblock along busy, multi-lane, high speed corridors. When in use, drivers are required to stop for crossing pedestrian traffic. When not in use, the signals are turned off, and vehicular traffic resumes as normal. The City is currently evaluating locations where a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon would be most beneficial. To learn more about the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, click here.
Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons
A Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacon (RRFB) is a flashing sign placed at both ends of a crosswalk that indicates a pedestrian’s right of way to cross the street. When activated by a pedestrian, the RRFBs at either ends of the crosswalk flash, notifying oncoming traffic of pedestrians in the crosswalk. Currently, there are three RRFBs within the city limits:
- Scott Road near Centennial High School
- Hardscrabble Road near Whittingham Place
- Warsaw Road near Mimosa Elementary School
To learn more about the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon, click here.
Sidewalk Gap Prioritization Program
The City of Roswell has adopted a sidewalk prioritization program to enhance the way the City selects projects to improve our existing sidewalk network. The primary goal of the program is to fill in short- to medium-sized gaps between sections of existing sidewalks along collector and arterial roadways. The program’s progress is subject to the availability of funding; however, the policy and process on how to select projects was adopted by the Mayor and City Council.
The prioritization process uses several criteria to rank the gaps in our sidewalk network. Factors that give a sidewalk higher priority include, but are not limited to, proximity to schools and parks and other safety-related factors. The City’s list of potential sidewalk projects currently includes more than 100 projects, totaling an estimated $25 million dollars. The recently passed T-SPLOST (Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) initiative has added additional funding for pedestrian projects, which include sidewalks.
Click here to view the prioritization of sidewalk gap projects.
Transportation Master Plan – This is the document that drives transportation investment in the City.
Visit the Roswell Recreation and Parks page to learn more about the trails and multi-use path routes throughout the City.
Check out this animation to see all the hazards a bicycle driver faces when trying to stay to the right. (Opens in a new window.)
Bicycle Advisory Committee – All members of the public are invited to join Mayor Jere Wood and fellow residents to discuss the current state of bicycling in Roswell and to explore areas for improvement for the traveling public, on both two and four wheels.
- Roswell has nearly 188 miles of sidewalk facilities covering about 48% of the City’s roadways.
- City policies prioritize the need for sidewalks if there is an existing worn path or if it is within 1/4 mile of a commercial walk-up establishment.
- Roswell has 73.3 miles of bicycle facilities.
- 18.9 miles of marked bicycle lanes (width: >4 feet)
- 33.2 miles of bicycle shoulders (width: 2-4 feet)
- 21.2 miles of paved shoulders (width: 0.5-2 feet)