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New state transportation funding must support safe, family-friendly streets

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Like most Georgians, I am tired of traffic congestion, tired of preventable traffic deaths, and frustrated by the lack of safe transportation choices for short trips in my community. It's long past time we did something about these serious issues, issues that threaten our health, our quality of life, and our economic well-being.

I am pleased to see the following recent recommendations of Georgia's Joint Study Committee on Transportation Funding:

  • Create a minimum of $1.0 – 1.5 billion in new annual transportation infrastructure investment to address the challenges facing the state
  • Ensure safety and good repair of Georgia’s bridges and roadways, throughout Georgia, both in rural and urban areas
  • Mitigate congestion in the fastest-growing urban and business centers, and
  • Provide Georgians, Georgia businesses and visitors with multi-modal transportation options, ensuring positive, sustainable economic outcomes.

It is very encouraging to see the Committee's emphasis on economic development, transportation choices, safety, and easing urban traffic congestion.

There is a proven, ultra-cost-effective approach to solving these complex issues: improve conditions for bicycling and walking.

13% of Georgians already ride a bicycle at least once per month, and a UGA survey shows that many more would like to if only their communities provided safe streets and trails like the BeltLine and Silver Comet.

Millenials and young families are flocking to revitalized urban centers, ignoring private automobiles and opting for transit, bicycles, and comfortable shoes.

Safe bicycling routes to school and transit stops reduce short-distance car trips and make accessing other modes convenient and comfortable. Cities that actively foster daily bicycling trips with protected facilities enjoy robust economic growth, innovation, and increased property values. Even small towns that invest in better bicycling reap tremendous benefits from active tourism and a healthier local populace.

I urge you to ensure that any new state transportation funding will include a meaningful commitment to build safe, family-friendly streets, trails and roads. Just 5% of our overall transportation budget would have an incredible impact on our quality of life, public safety, and economic vitality.

Thank you for considering my comments.

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