Complete Streets News – January 2018

Join us in Nashville for Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets

This past summer we announced a first of its kind opportunity in the form of a conference, Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets. In a few months, practitioners and advocates from around the country will gather in Nashville, TN to uncover the role of Complete Streets, arts, and culture in creating safer streets and equitable transportation systems.

Whether you represent a community considering adopting a Complete Streets policy or developing strategies to implement creative placemaking, there is a spot for you at Intersections. For instance, we’ll hear how agencies in Arlington County, VA, and Portland, OR established project selection criteria and performance measures to emphasize transportation equity. Or how planners, activists, artists, architects, engineers, and public health officials in Chattanooga, TN used art and creative public spaces to breathe life back into the Glass House neighborhood. We are also now expanding conference offerings to include Urban Land Institute’s Healthy Corridors project to explore how to transform vehicle-dominated commercial corridors to better serve those who live, work and travel along them.

Click here for registration, speakers, and sessions >>

The brand new conference website makes it easy to access everything you need to know about Intersections, with new speakers being added regularly. Registration is open, and you can purchase a ticket at the discounted rate of $195 (regularly $250) from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on January 31st by using the promo code: new year_new intersections.


Webinar next Tuesday: Complete Streets in Canada—This webinar will explore the uptake of the Complete Streets approach in Canada. We will be joined by Nancy Smith Lea, Director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) in Ontario, Peter Murphy, an Urban Designer for Quebec City, Quebec, and Ryan Martinson, an Associate at Stantec in Calgary, Alberta. Inspired by the National Complete Streets Coalition, in 2012, TCAT launched the Complete Streets for Canada website to track and promote Complete Streets in Canada, and to provide Canadian-specific resources and research.

Tune in on January 23rd at 1PM EST. Register today >>

New Partners for Smart Growth conference—Emiko Atherton, Director of National Complete Streets Coalition will be presenting at the 2018 conference which includes new, interactive session formats to maximize participant engagement. Now, participants will better be able to share their experiences, observations, successes, and challenges to contribute to the dialogue around smart growth implementation.

Safe Streets Academy kicks off first workshop in Orlando—This November, participants from Lexington, KY; South Bend, IN; and Orlando, FL convened in Orlando for the inaugural workshop of the Safe Streets Academy, a brand new technical assistance program funded by a Safe System Innovation Grant from the Road to Zero Coalition. We spent two days laying the foundation for the Academy and conducting case studies and exercises on innovative strategies to improve safety through engineering countermeasures. Check out the visual recap blog >>

Send us your policies and committees—Has your community passed a new Complete Streets policy? We collect city, county, regional, and state policies for documentation in our Policy Atlas and Inventory and our Best Complete Streets Policies reports. For inclusion in these resources, please send a PDF copy of your policy to [email protected].

Missed any of our webinars?—Recordings of all the webinars in our Implementation & Equity 201 series are available on our blog, along with links to additional resources. So far, we’ve explored the intersections between Complete Streets and public health, economic development, Vision Zero, walkability, autonomous vehicles, creative placemaking, and more.

Additional resources

New creative placemaking technical assistance workshops available—Transportation for America is pleased to announce State of the Art Transportation Training, an exciting opportunity for local transportation agencies to learn about creative placemaking and obtain technical assistance in using artistic and cultural practices to address local transportation challenges. With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with Americans for the Arts, T4A will award technical assistance to three communities in 2018 in the form of workshops to help them build capacity in artistic and cultural practices. Learn more and apply here >>

Walking school bus program survey—Do you currently coordinate a Walking School Bus program, either at a single school or multiple schools? Help us learn more about your important work by completing our survey. The information you provide will help support the growth of Walking School Bus programs across the U.S., and findings will be shared with you at the end of the study. Those who are eligible and complete the survey will receive a $10-25 e-gift card. The survey will take about 10-20 minutes to complete. Please follow this link to complete the survey >>

What’s the difference between Complete and Incomplete Streets?—Living Streets Alliance, the nonprofit organization that houses the Complete Streets Tuscon policy initiaive, produced infographics to highlight the Tucson-specific challenges faced with incomplete streets, as well as the many ways the community can benefit from adopting a Complete Streets policy.

2018 Walking College Fellowship—Passionate about walking but not sure how to make your community more walkable? America Walks invites you to apply for a 2018 Walking College Fellowship to help you build a local walking movement and take your advocacy work to the next level. The application process will be open from February 1st-28th, and there’s an “Orientation to the Walking College” webinar on February 8th. America Walks is an inclusive organization and we seek applications from diverse individuals who are interested in getting more involved in the walking movement.

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