7 “Complete Streets” Smart City Strategies To Watch

According to the Complete Streets Coalition, “Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.”Cities incorporating ride share and autonomous vehicles into their transportation strategies must still integrate pedestrian strategies that can have greater impact on economic development than more progressive modes of transportation.

Here is a sampling of the latest on Complete Streets from around the country.

Complete Streets to guide Boston city planning efforts

Focusing on revamping city planning, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh announced an environment and safety-focused design plan on Sept. 24 called Complete Streets that will soon take effect through an executive order. The program, established by former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in 2009, was created in an effort to make the city more environmentally conscious with new technologies.

Read More at BU Daily Free Press

Complete Streets Athens launches county-wide initiative

Safe streets, whether they wind through a neighborhood or carry trucks and cars on their daily commutes, lead to a better community. That is the mantra behind a group of residents who are starting an effort to align Athens-Clarke County’s policies with state and national transportation standards. Complete Streets Athens launches its community-wide effort with the event “Streets are for People” from 6-8 p.m.

Read More at OnlineAthens

Dallas officials to get update on bike lanes, ‘complete streets’ efforts

The vast majority of Dallas’ small but growing network of on-street bike lanes is made up of shared lanes, stretches where bicyclists must share the same concrete as vehicles. City staffers, though, hope that several planned projects will dramatically increase the share of lanes that are primarily dedicated to bicyclists.

Read More at Dallas Morning News

Rutland OK’s controversial complete streets design as Vermont bike fatalities rise

RUTLAND, Vermont — City officials approved a “complete streets” configuration for Dorr Drive that significantly narrows car lanes and encourages cyclists and pedestrians to share the road with automobiles. The decision comes with Vermont’s fourth cyclist traffic death of the year Monday. The …

Read More at Watchdog

Study in Stamford (CT) recommends “complete streets

STAMFORD – Creating “complete streets,” reducing speeding and improving intersections to improve traffic flow and enhance safety, are among the major objectives named in the final Long Ridge and High Ridge study. David Woods, principal planner in the city’s Land Use Bureau, said the creation of shared road markings on city streets was likely the most achievable short-term goal.

Read More at Stamfordadvocate

Omaha City Council Creates Complete Streets Policy

Omaha residents will be able to get around the city easier in the future, regardless of how they decide to get around. KVNO News reports how a decision by Omaha City Council members yesterday will have an impact on commuters for years to come. Omaha is now on a list of more than 700 cities with an official Complete Streets policy on the books.

Read More at KVNO News

Cedar Rapids $180 million streets fix-up collides with “complete-streets” policy

CEDAR RAPIDS — No small effort has gone into the city’s prioritization of a long, long list of substandard streets on which to invest a piece of the $180 million in revenue from the local-option sales tax over 10 years in the city’s Paving for Progress program. SW, who bought her home seven years ago after being driven out of her previous one by the 2008 flood, said she moved to this house most of all because of the oak in the front yard.

Read More at Cedar Rapids Gazette

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