Complete Streets News – September 2017

Now accepting session proposals for Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets

We are now accepting session proposals for Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streetsour second national conference in April 2018 in Nashville, TNWe are seeking proposals for 90-minute breakout sessions, presenters have several session format options: panel, individual presentation, roundtable discussion, workshop, or a hands-on activity.

Have an idea related to Complete Streets or creative placemaking, share it with us! Proposals are due December 1st. Email Nimotalai Azeez at [email protected]


Upcoming webinar: Public/private partnerships: complete streets & large-scale development — Private development projects and large-scale land use programs can play an important role in creating new, healthy, and equitable Complete Streets. How can developers use healthy and Complete Streets design principles and public/private partnerships to achieve community goals? And what are the opportunities and challenges public and private partners face? Tune in October 18, 2017 at 1:00pm EDT, register today >>

Northern Indiana communities selected to receive Complete Streets assistance — After conducting a competitive application process with the Michiana Area Council of Governments (MACOG), we are excited to announce the winners of a MACOG-specific Complete Streets workshop. Next month, NCSC will travel to Northern Indiana for a one-day workshop with the City of Goshen, City of Warsaw and Town of Winona Lake, and City of Plymouth to help them learn how to design & build safer, more Complete Streets in their communities.

September is arts and culture month —  All month long, Transportation for America has been releasing inspiring, local stories of creative placemaking from around the country. And tomorrow, they’ll release a rigorous national examination of the integration of arts and culture in transportation projects. Be among the first to read the field scan >> 

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.

Send us your policies — Has your community passed a new Complete Streets policy? The National Complete Streets Coalition is collecting 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].


America Walks new webinar series — Walking Towards Justice, a new social equity-inspired online discussion will identify potential solutions to improving walkability and explore the intersections of mobility, race, class, gender, and politics.The first session tomorrow, September 27th at 2:00pm EDT will discuss the intersection  of walkability and residential segregation. The second session titled Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement is on October 11 at 2:00 pm EDT.

Designing Transit to Support Active Transportation, and Vice Versa — Join APBP for a webinar discussion around accomodating buses and bicycles together on the streets of L.A. county. This webinar will examine the findings from a recent study of 15 shared bicycle/transit corridors and share recommendations for improving operator training and infrastructure design.

NACTO Designing Cities 2017 — Now in its sixth year, the NACTO Designing Cities Conference brings together 800 officials, planners, and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities. Join in Chicago on October 30 – November 2!


Webinar recording: Advancements in measuring bicycle and pedestrian accessibility — Measures of destination accessibility by automobile and transit are growing in use. People on bikes and on foot are much more sensitive to the types of facilities available, exposure to nearby traffic, and other factors for which there isn’t always good data. Watch this webinar to hear People For Bikes, Toole Design Group, and SSTI discuss ways to overcome these challenges and how to put these measures to use.

New obesity maps show racial and ethnic disparities in obesity — CDC released new adult obesity maps using data from the 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). The new data show that the proportion of adults with obesity in the U.S. continues to remain high. Estimates across states vary and range from 22.3% in Colorado to 37.7% in West Virginia. The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (32.0%), followed by the Midwest (31.4%), the Northeast (26.9%), and the West (26.0%). Five states now have over 35% of adults with obesity.

Read: A focused approach to pedestrian and bicycle safety— FHWA’s technical assistance program aims to help communities protect their most vulnerable road users. Learn how three participants in the program—the City of Chicago, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, and the State of Florida—have used different strategies for implementing comprehensive, safety-focused programs to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities.


Project Sidewalk is developing technology to automatically identify accessibility issues from street view images. Currently focusing on Washington DC, the research project has already mapped 52 percent of D.C.’s sidewalks.

Older adults in San Francisco, CA protested insufficient crossing times at intersections. Amid San Francisco’s sweeping changes to street safety as part of Vision Zero, seniors are calling out short crosswalk signal times that put seniors in harm’s way. Older pedestrians are calling to extend cross times to 3 feet/second, as recommended by the federal Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices in high senior pedestrian traffic areas.

Low-income shift workers who walk and/or bike to public transit stations often face compromised safety due to poor visibility conditions. A recent study by the Journal of Transport Geography evaluates nighttime infrastructure for pedestrians and bicyclists by developing a nighttime accessibility score for walking (NASW) and nighttime accessibility for bicycling (NASB). The scores consider employment data, travel time and physical distribution of streetlight poles along the sidewalks and bicycle lanes.


Welcome to our newest Platinum-level partner, the City of Orlando Department of Transportation! They are led by Billy Hattaway, who has been a champion for Complete Streets implementation and initiatives throughout the state of Florida.

The City of Orlando funds and partners with Bike Walk Central Florida, a local non-profit organization dedicated to safety for pedestrians and bicyclists. Most recently, Orlando was selected as one of the Safe Streets Academy winners; they will receive technical assistance to help implement groundbreaking, data-driven interventions that improve safety across their city and region.

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