I posted a couple of weeks ago about the looming changes to Price Street in Savannah, which will likely turn from a horrid two-lane, one-way speedway to a much friendlier street with one lane of vehicular traffic, a bike lane, and a lane of parking.
The Savannah Morning News editorial page weighed in today with Road improvement: This Price is right. It reads in part:
Transportation is more than just speed. Itâ€™s also about neighborhoods, safety and the quality of life.
For that reason, the cityâ€™s plans to convert Price Street from what essentially is a two-lane speedway out of the downtown to a more friendly, urban roadway is encouraging.
Jim Morekis at Connect Savannah also wrote a great piece this week, The white stripes come to Price. An excerpt:
â€œIâ€™m not always an advocate of bike lanes if theyâ€™re not well thought out, but this plan looks like itâ€™s really going to be good,â€ says Frank McIntosh, executive director of the Savannah Bicycle Campaign.
â€œA lot of thought went into engineering it,â€ he says. â€œFor cyclists there will be huge traffic calming measures. The lives of people living on the street will be improved.â€
That said, not much will actually be done to the road: No widening, no resurfacing, no curb cuts.
It mostly comes down to the paint.
â€œThe only thing changing is the white stripes,â€ says Heather Fish, Citizen Specialist for the City of Savannah. â€œAdding paint on a road adds the perception of boundaries. Right now the perception is that Price Street has no boundaries.â€
There’s obviously much more about the project in both those pieces.