Complete Streets News – October 2017

Do you have a Complete Streets Implementation Committee and/or Complete Streets Coalition in your community? Let us know! We’re collecting an atlas.


Registration now open for Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets — Join us in Nashville, TN on April 3-4, 2018 for mobile workshops, interactive panels and breakout discussions about cutting-edge Complete Streets and creative placemaking research, ideas, and practices. The conference will also be an opportunity to meet fellow advocates and practitioners from across the country.

Have an idea related to Complete Streets or creative placemaking? We are also accepting session proposals. Take part in the movement and register today >>

Complete Streets and Vision Zero: Engineering for safe streets — Earlier this month, the Coalition released a statement officially endorsing Vision Zero because we believe that it represents an important complement to safe street design. Beyond the Safe Streets Academy, the Coalition is excited to support Vision Zero efforts through ongoing technical assistance.

What we learned about Complete Streets implementation from Safe Streets Academy applications —  As the first-ever Safe Streets Academy prepares for launch next month, the quality and number of applications to the academy offered an up close and informative look at the challenges jurisdictions currently face when implementing Complete Streets. We decided to put that valuable information to use by creating an infographic that summarizes some of the most pressing issues. Take a look at the infographic and read more about our upcoming efforts >>

Complete Streets Consortium Series: recapping the Chattanooga, TN workshop —  The Complete Streets Consortium Series works with three jurisdictions across the same state to improve inter-agency collaboration, create a peer-learning network, and identify strategies to overcome common barriers to Complete Streets implementation. Last month, we held the first workshop in the series in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Check out the visual recap  >>

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, and autonomous vehicles. And join us next month as we explore creative placemaking on Tuesday, November 21st at 1pm EDT; registration opens soon.

Send us your policies — Has your community passed a new Complete Streets policy? NCSC collects 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].


This weekend at the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting, Emiko Atherton, NCSC Director, will be presenting alongside Steering Committee members, Mike Jelen (VHB), Ignacio Bunster-Ossa (AECOM), Ben Stone (Smart Growth America), and Brice Maryman (MIG|SvR) on two different panels. Topics include The Equity, and Inequity, of Complete Streets as well as Mobility, Health and Resiliency.

National Complete Streets Coalition staff will be presenting at the 2017 New Jersey Complete Streets Summit on October 24th. The presentation will discuss the Coalition’s new and improved 10 Elements of a Complete Streets Policy framework and explain how jurisdictions can use this resource to craft actionable policies that advance equity and implementation.

Jeff Riegner of Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP will be speaking on a panel titled: Designing for Autonomous Technologies organized by Transportation Management Association of Chester County, PA. The emergence of autonomous vehicles has been described as this generation’s “most disruptive innovation”. Car manufacturers and ride-hauling services are preparing fleets for the future, but little has been discussed about local municipal infrastructure upgrades that will be needed to accommodate this technology.

Coralette Hannon of AARP will be delivering a keynote on day two of the North Carolina Bike/Walk Summit. The Summit promises to be packed full of information useful to bicycle advocates, transportation planners, business owners, elected officials, tactical urbanists, public health practitioners, and livability and sustainability professionals. Experts from across the state and beyond will be on hand to share their knowledge and experience.


America Walks webinars and community micro change grants — Join Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities on November 15 at 2pm ET to hear strategies for public, private, civic, and neighborhood leaders to work together and support new patterns of growth in their communities. America Walks is also awarding up to $1500 to fund or help catalyze smaller-scale, low-cost projects and programs that increase the prevalence of walking, expand the diversity of people and organizations working to advance walkability, and help to make walking safer, easier, and more fun for all community members. Applications are due November 10th.

Walkability Action Institute — A multi-day course hosted by the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), with sponsorship by the CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity, that targets interdisciplinary teams comprised of public health, transportation, planning, elected officials, and a variety of other diverse disciplines to create more walkable communities through new and supportive policies, systems, and environments. Save the date! Requests for applications open on October 30th >>

Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes District Annual Meeting and Exhibit — ITE has released its call for abstracts for their upcoming meeting taking place August 20-23 in Minneapolis, MN. The goal is to create a program that inspires attendees, allows them to create connections, and leave the conference with a wealth of knowledge to use in their jobs and career.

New CDC reports obesity rates are at an all time high — The report provides the most recent national estimates from 2015–2016 on obesity prevalence by sex, age, and race and Hispanic origin, and overall estimates from 1999–2000 through 2015–2016.


St. Louis, MO received a $920,000 federal grant to overhaul Louisiana Avenue and make it more friendly for people who bike and walk. City Traffic Commissioner Deanna Venker said Louisiana would be the first major “calm street” effort in the city and a pilot project.

California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill this month to protect pedestrians by what one lawmaker claimed was an “outdated state crossing signal law that has resulted in people on foot being unfairly punished and financially overburdened.” The existing law authorizes a base fine of $25 for entering a crosswalk when the flashing upraised hand and countdown timer are displayed, the actual total cost of a ticket can run as high as $250 due to additional surcharges, penalties, and assessments.

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