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 value of a complete street to Savannah goes beyond measure. Complete Streets make it safe for children to walk and bike to school, for older adults to remain mobile, and even for you to take a walk to the local market as opposed to driving.
Healthy Savannah wants to change the standard and make a complete street the norm for every community as opposed to an exclusive amenity. Depending on the environment, a complete street can look very different. For example, a complete street in an urban or suburban area may look vastly different from a complete street in a rural area. However, all “roadways that are planned and designed using a Complete Streets approach may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, 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.