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.
National Complete Streets Coalition