On August 14, 2013, Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition celebrated the 500 communities across the United States that have made their streets safer and more accessible for everyone who uses them with Complete Streets policies, and looked ahead to the future of the Complete Streets movement.
The 500th Complete Streets Policy celebration honored Memphis, TN for passing the milestone policy, and featured a panel of experts including Rich Weaver of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA); Kyle Wagenschutz, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Memphis,TN; Art Guzzetti, Vice President of Policy at APTA; Colleen Hawkinson, AICP, Manager, Strategic Planning Branch, DDOT; Darren Smith, Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors and Jeff Miller, President & CEO, Alliance for Biking and Walking. The panel discussion was moderated by Roger Millar, PE AICP, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.
Panelists discussed the many benefits of Complete Streets policies, as well as the challenges of passing and implementing these policies in towns, cities, regions, and states across America. The panelists also discussed the Safe Streets Act of 2013 and the role federal legislation can play in making streets safer and more accessible.
Read a recap of the event in our Storify below. To learn about the next event from the National Complete Streets Coalition, add your name to our Complete Streets mailing list.[View the story “500th Complete Streets Policy Celebration” on Storify]
The event was sponsored by the Association of Bicycle and Pedestrian Professionals, Bike Walk Tennessee and Nelson Nygaard. An archived version of the livestreamed video will be available on our website soon.