Category Archives: Advocacy

CORE MPO seeks citizen input on Total Mobility Plan

The Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization is hosting a series of meetings to solicit citizen input on the Total Mobility Plan:

“The Total Mobility Plan is an in-depth planning effort which will emphasize sustainability, Complete Streets, Context Sensitive Design, non-motorized transportation and transit. The Plan will address the transportation network and specific facilities, but also the interaction between transportation and the community as a whole.  The thoroughfare planning component will address facilities for auto traffic, bicycles, pedestrians, and public transit vehicles, including intersections.  Workshop attendees will map context areas, creating a vision of the desired character in each community. The thoroughfare standards will then be shaped to achieve that vision.”

It’s encouraging to hear the phrase Complete Streets used in this context, as many of the area’s most important streets are woefully incomplete when it comes to safely accommodating pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. The meetings will be held at the following times and locations from 5-6:30 p.m., and will use a “Drop in when you can!” format.

Tuesday, Jan. 10
Islands High School Career Counseling Center, 170 Whitemarsh Island Road

Tuesday, Jan. 17
Armstrong Atlantic State University – Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn St.

Thursday, Jan. 19
First Presbyterian Church, 520 Washington Ave.

For more information, contact Mark Wilkes at (912) 651-1451 or wilkesm [at] thempc.org

Telluride film festival screening scheduled for Jan. 21 in Savannah

Savannah is a long way, both horizontally and vertically, from the peaks of Telluride, but that won’t stop films from the Mountainfilm in Telluride festival from making a tour stop at Trustees Theater on Saturday, Jan. 21. Titles, with a sustainability theme, to be screened in Savannah include:

  • With My Own Two Wheels: “The story of four people whose lives have been deeply changed by bikes.”
  • One Plastic Beach: A pair of artists “have collected plastic trash along a one-kilometer stretch of beach near their home in Northern California”. They make art from the debris, which they collect at a rate of up to “35 pounds per hour.”
  • Chasing Water: “Photojournalist Peter McBride sets out to document the flow of the Colorado River from source to sea.”

More information is available on the Festival tour website.

Savannah Bicycle Campaign seeks matched donations to fund ambitious new project

The Savanna Bicycle Campaign has been active since its founding in 2008, working with government officials to improve bicycle infrastructure, offering bicycle safety courses, and sponsoring events that encourage people to make bicycling part of their daily lives. Now the group is seeking to establish a physical space from which to operate programs that will benefit Savannahians in need. The group aims to:

“Put in place an SBC Bike Restoration and Education Center, to serve as a center of cycling activities in Savannah-Chatham, to provide a physical presence for SBC and to allow for collection and rehabilitation of discarded bicycles to be put into safe operating condition and distributed to members of the community who have limited means for transportation and often resort to dangerously ill-fitted, poorly maintained bicycles. Distribution of these bikes  will be a means to improve mobility for this at risk community and to allow us to deliver basic bike safety education and equipment.”

Tax deductible donations will be matched at 100 percent for the first $4,000 raised. For more information, visit the Savannah Bicycle Campaign website.

Take a walk in the woods, combat alien invaders on Saturday, Dec. 10

Twenty-five volunteers are needed this Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon to help with invasive species removal and trail maintenance and cleaning work on the natural walking trails in Bacon Park Forest. Volunteers will learn about the environmental and economic benefits of urban forests and native and non-native species. Here are the details of this important mission:

Volunteers should be sure to wear long sleeved shirts, long pants and closed-toe shoes with socks to help protect from sun, bugs and plants, and may bring work gloves, bypass pruners and pruning shears if they have them. Refreshments, community service hours, gloves and tools will be provided. Please park at the east end of the shopping center parking lot at 2150 Bonna Bella Ave. For more information call 912-233-8733 or visit the Savannah Tree Foundation website.

Savannah Tree Foundation needs volunteers on Dec. 2


The weather is beautiful in Savannah this week. It’s hard to imagine a better way to enjoy it than spending this Friday afternoon outside volunteering for the Savannah Tree Foundation:

“Volunteers are needed to help young trees as they mature into an urban forest at the Westlake reforestation site by  staking and mulching. This afternoon event will entail some hard work, but promises to be a fun afternoon and will help Savannah’s newest urban forest. Refreshments and community service credit provided. Tools and gloves also provided for volunteers who don’t have them. Please wear closed toe shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Gloves and eye protection are helpful, too. Meet at the Westlake site by the service road at the south end of Oriole Road at 2 p.m.”

Call 912-233-8733 or email karen [at] savannahtree.com to RSVP for this volunteer opportunity.