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Complete Streets
Street with bike laneNow that the City has a Complete Streets ordinance what is being done to ensure it is being implemented?

On Jan. 22, 2015, Savannah City Council passed an ordinance that makes Complete Streets the default design model when developing new roadway projects. A “complete street” is one that incorporates design features that contribute to a safe travel experience of all users, no matter the mode of transportation. Such features include sidewalks, shared-use paths, bicycle lanes, public transit facilities, and accessible curb ramps. Read the ordinance and minutes from the meeting it was adopted.

In May 2015, the City formed the Mobility Advisory Committee (MAC) in partnership with Healthy Savannah and the Savannah Bicycle Campaign with purpose of promoting safety, health & wellness, and ease of mobility for all residents and visitors, using non-motorized and public transportation, in and around the City of Savannah and Chatham County.  

The MAC is a cross-sector group that includes representatives from the City, County, Chatham Area Transit, Metropolitan Planning Commission, area higher education institutions, community nonprofits, advocacy groups and the private sector.  One of the primary goals identified by the MAC is to develop Complete Streets guidelines to assist implementation of the ordinance.  A next step will be to conduct regular review of upcoming street projects to ensure that Complete Streets is being addressed where appropriate.

The City’s Traffic Engineering Department, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Transportation, is developing plans for complete street improvements to Delesseps Avenue, which will include sidewalks and bike lanes from Skidaway Road to Waters Avenue, connecting to the planned Truman Linear Park Trail, which will connect Daffin Park to Lake Mayer. A public open house on the Delessups project was held in May. Staff is taking public input received and incorporating into the preliminary design. Staff is nearing completion of the required environmental analysis, which will be submitted to GDOT for review.

For roughly the past decade, the City of Savannah has required all new roadways built in the City of Savannah to include sidewalks. All new development in The Highlands community near the airport, for example, includes sidewalks, along with new subdivisions near Georgetown.