Cities Embracing Complete Streets Policies

States and local governments across the U.S. are adopting strong complete streets policies, reports the National Complete Streets Coalition. The new report rates written policies on the strength of their inclusion of a list of policies.
April 27, 2011, 12pm PDT | Tim Halbur
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The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and the city of Tacoma, WA, were among those recognized for strong Complete Streets Policies.

The NCSC looks at 10 elements to determine the strength of a Complete Streets policy, including:

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  • Includes a vision for how and why the community wants to complete its streets;
  • Specifies that ‘all users' includes pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles.
  • Encourages street connectivity and aims to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected network for all modes.
  • Is adoptable by all agencies to cover all roads.

The NCSC says that the number of Complete Streets policies has almost doubled every year for the last three years.

Thanks to Barbara McCann

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Published on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Switchboard Blog
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