Sustainable transportation in Savannah: Are the planets (or at least the logos) aligning?


The coming week will bring plenty of sustainable transportation news and events. While there are connections between the groups and individuals behind these developments,  a pleasing element of serendipity can be found in the fact that they are all happening within the next seven days.

First, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign will mark its official launch with a press conference on Monday, April 14 at 11 a.m. in Johnson Square in Downtown Savannah. All Savannah cyclists are invited to attend and show their support for the SBC mission. The group was organized to work through the political, public policy, and citizen advocacy processes to develop more and better bicycle facilities in Savannah—improved bike lanes, racks, and signage—and to develop a public campaign to educate bicyclists and drivers about safe practices on and off the roadways. More information is available on the Savannah Bicycle Campaign Web site.

The Chatham Urban Transportation Study will hold a press conference of its own on Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. on the frontage road at the corner of DeRenne Avenue and Abercorn Street. CUTS will announce the launch of the Coastal Commuters program. It’s designed to encourage “carpooling, mass transit, bicycling, and walking as methods in everyday transportation. A central feature in the program is a regional, online ride-matching system, which will be available for free to the general public, effective April 18.” Chatham County Commission Chairman Pete Liakakis will speak at the press conference.

Friday is an appropriate day for such an event, as it happens to be Dump the Pump: Leave Your Car at Home Day. Spearheaded by the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, the program is designed to encourage alternative commutes including mass transit use, carpooling, bicycling, walking and even skateboarding. The SDRA’s partners are Chatham Area Transit, Pedestrian Advocates of the Coastal Empire, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign, and the City of Savannah. Dump the Pump invites citizen to pledge to leave their cars at home on April 18 by publicly stating their intentions here.

On Saturday, April 19, Liakakis will be back in the public eye, this time riding a bicycle along side Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson as the two leaders head up the Savannah Wheelie Earth Day Ride. The Wheelie departs from Forsyth Park at 3 p.m., at the conclusion of Earth Day Savannah. Sponsored by the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and the Coastal Georgia Greenway, the ride will be followed by the Post Wheelie Dealie at Blowin’ Smoke BBQ.

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Transportation, land use, local farming and green building are all potential topics for Sustainable Savannah. The goal is to aggregate content about local events and projects, so there will be a central place to review everything that’s happening. The site is aimed at encouraging collaboration and information sharing between groups and individuals currently engaged in sustainability efforts. The site can also provide a snapshot of Savannah for green-minded people who are considering visiting or moving to the area.

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