Celebrate with Us!
Healthy Savannah has partnered with Savannah Bicycle Campaign towards passing the Complete Streets ordinance.
The purpose of the ordinance is to “to support healthy lifestyles in Savannah by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice an easy choice.” It will help improve the safety and overall quality of life for residents of the City of Savannah by providing safe convenient, comfortable walking and biking routes along with public transportation.
Under this ordinance, all “roadways that are planned and designed using a Complete Streets approach may include: sidewalks, bike lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabout, and more” (Smart Growth America). The most important thing that is common to all complete streets is that it promotes convenience for all modes of transportation activity and does so while encouraging SAFETY for all of its users.
We thank Mayor Edna Jackson and Savannah City Council for adopting this ordinance, which will provide economic, public safety and public health benefits to our community. We are especially grateful to District 4 Alderman Mary Ellen Sprague for endorsing an amendment that significantly strengthened the ordinance. We are grateful to Healthcare Georgia Foundation, YMCA of Coastal Georgia, Savannah Bicycle Campaign,Safe Routes to School Resource Center,Savannah Chatham County Public School System, Transport Studio, Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization,Chatham Area Transit, , Georgia Bikes, City of Savannah staff, and other partner organizations for their dedication to achieving this goal towards a healthier Savannah.