Complete Streets Ordinance – Passed !

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Healthy Savannah has partnered with Savannah Bicycle Campaign towards passing the Complete Streets ordinance.

On Jan. 22, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Savannah unanimously adopted a Complete Streets ordinance that will help make our city’s streets safe and appealing for people of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets are streets made suitable to accommodate all users and modes of transportation.  All users include pedestrians, bicyclists, motor vehicle drivers, public transportation riders and drivers, and people of all ages and abilities, including children, youth families, older adults, and individuals with disabilities.  Simply put, that means EVERYONE!

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 FoundationYMCA 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.

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