‘Complete Streets’ can ease congestion
August 28, 2013 01:41 AM | 2193 views | 1 1 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print

I just wanted to correct a few inaccuracies in the guest column by Larry Savage, “‘Complete Streets? Quiet but steady push by Cobb government will be fiasco for drivers.” (Sunday’s MDJ).

1. The National Complete Streets Coalition does not qualify as a special interest, or a bicycle group. It includes active participation from AARP, YMCA, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and many more organizations.

2. Complete Streets policies do not require facilities for all users on all roads: they require designing streets to be safe for everyone using them, including drivers.

3. They are hardly a fiasco: some Complete Streets treatments have been shown to reduce vehicle crashes by almost half.

4. Complete Streets can ease traffic congestion by eliminating short vehicle trips, reducing traffic incidents, and improving flow.

I started the Complete Streets movement after living in Atlanta for many years, which included many forays to Cobb County. I’m excited that many places in the Atlanta area, and the Georgia Department of Transportation, are endorsing and acting on this sensible approach to our roadways.

Barbara McCann


National Complete Streets Coalition

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Guido Sarducci
August 28, 2013
Let's get this straight. You are going to narrow the automobile lanes, on a major artery,

Then you are going to add bikes and walkers to the mixture and this is going to ease congestion, speed up traffic flow, and increase safety.

Heck yes! Sounds reasonable to me. Now about that beachfront property outside of Phoenix, when do you want to close the deal?
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