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Re: “Green bike lanes: A Savannah success story

As a bicyclist in this town and living off Lincoln St the green bike lane is awesome.
Now, if we can only get motorist to make a COMPLETE STOP at a Stop Sign while texting (this includes Police) that would save lives too.

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Posted by Eric LaSalle on 08/07/2019 at 1:43 PM

Re: “The road to Tybee just got a bit more friendly to cyclists

There are so many ignorant quotes in this article it's ridiculous. SMH

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Posted by Dan Muller on 07/10/2019 at 5:48 PM

Re: “The road to Tybee just got a bit more friendly to cyclists

Bike lanes on Tybee Road. Absolutely moronic! I hope the first cyclist that gets hit, if they survive, sues the heck out of whoever came up with this retarded idea as soon as they come out of their coma.

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Posted by Dan Muller on 07/10/2019 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Strive for sustainability, not ‘balance’

Maybe one time many long years ago it was a good idea to try to entice potential tourists to come to Savannah off of I-95, but that has long ended. Now Savannah is a top US destination and has a solid reputation as a beautiful place all over the world, much of it thanks to Mr. Berendt's book. Nothing wrong with a few signs
on I-95 still however, telling about Savannah.

The motorists know about Savannah before they ever begin their trips south and plan accordingly.

Rather than trying to gouge the tourists with the current absurd $2.00 per hour, 12 hours per day ripoff scheme, the city should open free zones at selected spots downtown where people can park for an hour or two so as to take care of business, shop, or have lunch. A chalk mark on a tire will tell a parking maven how long someone has been there and a ticket could be issued to those abusing the privilege. Currently many people leave here with a bitter taste in their mouths at the eagerness those red-shirted patrols show in ticketing their cars.

It is most unlikely that anyone will arrive planning to tour Camden County or the Golden Isles via a "trail" either. Good roads--and ultimately parking lots--are needed to bring them and keep them there for any length of time.

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Posted by Mr. Vinegaroon on 04/18/2019 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Tide to Town: An urban trail system for all of Savannah

Love this concept and effort. Will support it! Hope yu will too! Joan sumner

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Posted by Joan Sumner on 03/06/2019 at 1:45 PM

Re: “The health benefits of safer streets

Overall this is a great article, I just want to point out that we need to ensure we distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes.

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Posted by Sara Farr-Newman on 12/17/2018 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Ardsley in Motion: ‘Resident-driven’ research

Mr. Bennet,
I work for a Georgia company that specializes in the removal of trip and fall hazards. We work for cities,counties, HOA's, parks, schools and private industry to repair the vertical displacements in sidewalks. We do not demo and replace or use grinders. Our patented process guarantees ADA compliance on our repairs at a fraction of the cost. For instance-my average repair is $47!

I would like to speak with you and the board, I know we can help.

Regards,

Jim Bright
Georgia Safe Sidewalks
Jim@gasafesidewalks.com
470-484-6722

Posted by Jim bright on 10/12/2018 at 12:51 PM

Re: “Scooter debate conveniently ignores autos — again

It should be pedestrians first, bikes second, scooters third, motorcycles fourth, and cars fifth. ALL should be OFF phones and other devices and understand the rules of the road. I don't see that happening. And good point about the death, John. Some people never read beyond a headline, which is probably just like a sound bite....both are as deep as a dried-up puddle.

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Posted by Beth Kinstler on 08/23/2018 at 2:44 PM

Re: “The weaponization of jaywalking

The affordable private automobile was one of the greatest single contributors to the rise of our economy for the last 100+ years by providing mobility and travel freedom to almost everyone.

The car haters think the car is evil, most people find it to be wonderful.

James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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Posted by James Walker on 07/16/2018 at 9:48 PM

Re: “The weaponization of jaywalking

Agreed - great and timely article. No doubt distractions play a role in the increased number of incidents, but I think more concerning is an attitude among drivers that pedestrians and cyclists aren't people. I'm a driver, and I understand frustration when pedestrians quickly dart out in unexpected places (please don't do this!). However as a pedestrian, I've also noticed an uptick in drivers who seem to feel entitled to running you over even if you're legally in or near a crosswalk. New traffic patterns, signals, and bike lanes are great safety ideas for everyone. How do we address the culture that reckless driving towards pedestrians and cyclists is less important than cars vs cars? Where are the police issuing tickets for speeding around the squares or almost hitting pedestrians in crosswalks? Do we have stats comparing that to other traffic citations?

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Posted by iamevieviolet on 07/12/2018 at 1:51 PM

Re: “The weaponization of jaywalking

Good article, thank you for your work in our city.

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Posted by SavannahStyle on 07/12/2018 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Sizing up the potential for bicycle tourism in Savannah

Of course its a good idea to invest in things that make our beautiful city more enjoyable, and whod argue against bicycling by tourists and residents alike? But stereotyping is of very little value, and the arent we cyclists grand folks? is overdone here. And for those reasons I find the tone of this article rather off-putting.

As a downtown resident I am puzzled by the following quote, and I wonder if the author interacts much with the mostly wonderful people who come to Savannah as tourists. He says: "... theres a difference between the affluent, well-educated demographic that goes in for bicycle touring and those for whom to-go cups are the main attraction. Really, to-go cups are drawing in hordes of rabble, those hypothetical others who "get into fist fights in City Market at 2 a.m.??

I encourage local residents to interact with the typical tourists in Savannah and then see if we'd characterize a sizable slice of them as some kind of bad actors. Ive done just that manner of social interaction for 15 years and have a whole different impression of our typical guests. Most often the visitors I meet are likely to walk here/there and everywhere in the District, soaking it all in. They know parking can be a challenge and thus dont drive much once here. To think that they disproportionately (to quote again) "add to wear and tear on our streets is just silly speak, and if thats an argument against tourism its a real stretch. Tourists who bring cars (lots of them dont) pay a pretty penny to park them here; my hunch is its a lot more than it costs the city to take care of whatever impact they have on the infrastructure during their brief visits, a lot of them on weekends.

Considering lodging is pretty expensive in Savannah, the city is going to attract people who are coming for more than to-go cups and to get into pre-dawn fist fights. In fact, if that were our calling card, how to explain the popularity of Savannah for destination weddings, family reunions, Girl Scout pilgrimages, the tours of homes and gardens, Savannah Music Festival, graduation celebrations, and the like? They arent going to Topeka, Kansas for that stuff.

Another point of criticism regarding the article content: the citation of demographics like bikers education and income levels is irrelevant. Lets see the demographics of the tourists who come to Savannah without bicycles --- drawn by its beauty, its arts and entertainment and architecture, its history, its proximity to the ocean, and its reputation for hospitality, its cuisine, and so forth. Then we can compare that data with the data cited for prospective cycling enthusiasts, for what its worth. Not worth much, really, in my opinion ... but it might make for an interesting discussion.

I have some avid cyclists in my family, living elsewhere. They often vacation where there are trails and hills and rural highways to ride; when they come to Savannah, cycling is not on their to do lists other than perhaps to rent a bike to go on side trips. They might find Hilton Head to be attractive for biking but the similarities between Savannah and Hilton Head comprise a very short list. And, I submit, that will always be true. Sure it would be nice if Savannah were very bicycle-friendly (if its not already). But its not going to change life here in any notable way, nor does it need to in my opinion.

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Posted by OuttaSchlitz on 04/04/2018 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Sizing up the potential for bicycle tourism in Savannah

Responding to the previous comment. I have spent a lot of time in the Netherlands for business and they have created the world standard of bicycle friendly infrastructure in cities that are much older than Savannah or Charleston. Having the right accommodation makes a huge difference, in the Netherlands there are children and adults cycling everywhere and their cities would be much more congested if all of those people drove into town everyday.

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Posted by MarshLife on 04/04/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Sizing up the potential for bicycle tourism in Savannah

Oh the Hilton Head bike paths, yes they are nice and almost everyone uses them during their stay at the beach resorts. As a resident of Savannah I can attest this is not a beach resort and you should know better, its an old and aging, very diverse, historic City!
To compare HHIs bike infrastructure, which was built in the 1980s along with the rest of Hilton Head, is almost as short sighted as your other comparison of tourist income and spending. Its obviously apples to oranges but alas, this continues to be printed.
Maybe a more appropriate comparison would be Charleston, that does make sense right? Do you even dare compare our traffic congestion fears to theirs? No, you do not. And while we are on that note, have you ever read their City Paper? Its so different because they actually love their town, or at least act like it, and dont bash it at every opportunity. Yall should do a separate article on why Connect hates Savannah.

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Posted by Howdy on 04/03/2018 at 4:35 PM

Re: “The lessons of ‘tactical urbanism’

Those who will have to live with the results of these charrettes are currently in: the elementary, middle and high schools. Their parents are generally at work and unaware of these discussions. The local urban planners limit themselves in terms of getting the information out. I know some people who don't read Connect Savannah because they never heard of the paper. It is not in their communities.

Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 03/25/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “The Great Parking Debate continues

I want to know why all the $$ spent to these pretend-consultants re our parking changes,, they didn't ask ONE business owner on how it would effect their business !
Now I can spend $2 to park all day long in front of the UPS Store on Bryan St and the tons of customers who need to carry heavy articles to ship,,
have to walk BLOCKS to get there,,
or go to another EASIER place to ship it !

Genius,, just flippin Genius !!
Typical Savannah cluelessness.

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Posted by mort.leith@afuzion.com on 03/16/2018 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Savannah’s drought of bicycle infrastructure projects

a word was missing from the headline:

Celebrate Savannahs drought of bicycle infrastructure projects

because priorities.

most people, I suspect, would agree that crime, schools and crime (and also crime) are all in the neighborhood of roughly seven hundred million times more important than bike lanes used by >2% of the city.

get a grip, John.

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Posted by Frank M on 03/12/2018 at 4:12 PM

Re: “The Great Parking Debate continues

Starland Village is more than a parking problem: http://www.starlandvillage.com/

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Posted by noStarlandvillage on 03/11/2018 at 9:40 AM

Re: “Getting the price right on parking

Term limits on aldermen, not time limits on meters...

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Posted by Murray Silver Jr. on 02/01/2018 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Can Savannah catch up?

Biking and walking trails...noble idea. Currently some bikers feel like they own the whole street and ride so close to cars one can reach out and touch them. Sharing the streets is not just on the drivers. About those walkers, some get so wrapped up on conversations on their cell phones they don't bother to see what is going on around them. Ditto for those with ear buds. How long must the rest of us have to atone for them?

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Posted by Ivan B. Cohen on 12/03/2017 at 11:41 AM

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