On Tuesday, the National Complete Streets Coalition hosted a webinar on our newest resource, Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A guide for practitioners. The new guide is designed to help transportation professionals understand and use new measures of success, and provides an introduction to performance measurement for Complete Streets projects. The recording of Tuesday’s webinar is now available:
Joining the program were Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition; Hanna Kite, National Complete Streets Coalition Fellow; Marshall Elizer, PE, PTOE, Senior Vice President, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Coralette Hannon, Senior Legislative Representative, AARP; Meghan Mitman, AICP, Senior Associate, Fehr & Peers; and Adam Vest, PE, PTOE, Senior Engineer, Kittelson & Associates.
The webinar panelists mentioned several great resources during their discussion, and for your convenience a roundup of those resources is provided below. Several of the resources on this list are not yet published—keep tabs on forthcoming research and reports by joining the National Complete Streets Coalition’s mailing list.
National evaluation and performance metrics research
- Guidebook for Evaluating, Establishing, and Tracking Pedestrian and Bicycle Performance Measures, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Human Environment (forthcoming)
Note: This guide is under development, the aim is to inform and facilitate the process of establishing and tracking pedestrian and bicycle performance measures. The link in the next bullet includes information on this guidebook and other resources under development in the FHWA’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Research Agenda.
- Recommended Design Guidelines to Accommodate Pedestrians and Bicyclists at Interchanges: An ITE Proposed Recommended Practice: This guidebook looks at best practices for accommodating pedestrians and bicycles at interchanges for on-ramps, off-ramps, and single-point urban interchanges.
- Interim Design/Tactical Urbanism: The Transportation Planner and Engineer’s Hack, ITE Journal (March 2015)
- Transportation Planning Handbook, Institute of Transportation Engineers (forthcoming): Updates to this handbook are under development to convert to person trips and Complete Street metrics. Access the current edition here
- ITE Complete Streets Council: Formed in January of this year and plan to review internal documents and discuss opportunities with industry partners about where ITE leadership can be most helpful in this area.
- Guidelines for Designing Low- and Intermediate-Speed Roadways that Serve All Users, Transportation Research Board (NCHRP 15-48)(forthcoming): Expected in late 2015 or early 2016.
- Developing a Context-Sensitive Functional Classification System for More Flexibility in Geometric Design, Transportation Research Board (NCHRP 15-52)(forthcoming): Expected in mid-2016
Level of Transit Stress (LTS)
- Low-Stress Bicycling and Network Connectivity, Mineta Transportation Institute (2012): LTS methodology
- Montgomery County Bicycle Planning Guidance, Montgomery County Planning Department and The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (2014): Project example from Adam Vest from Montgomery County, Maryland that ties types of cyclists and facilities to LTS
- Bicycle Stress Level Mapping: How Does Your Network Measure Up?, Sam Schwartz Engineering (February, 2015)(Presentation slides and video): Overview of LTS
- StreetScore+: An easy-to-use Microsoft Excel spreadsheet that calculates Levels of Traffic Stress scores from a user’s unique input
Local efforts for Complete Streets metrics
- New York City’s Local Law 23/Intro 99: Local Law 23 supported New York City’s Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Complete Streets approach by requiring NYCDOT to develop, monitor, and report on indicators related to sustainability, mobility, quality of life, and infrastructure outcomes.
- Bike East Bay and SB 743 Advocacy: Watch for the results of the Oakland Bikeways 2.0 study, which will focus on streamlining the CEQA process, especially with road diets.
- San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, The City of El Cerrito (2014): Example from Meghan Mitman about investment in community engagement related to metrics, infographics were especially helpful for diverse audiences.
Other measures and reports
- Pedestrian and Bicyclist Level of Service on Roadway Segments, Journal of the Transportation Research Board, No. 2031 (2007): Explains methodology Danish LOS
- Bicyclist Facility Evaluation, District Department of Transportation (2012): Project example from Adam Vest where Danish LOS was used to assess before-after conditions for streets with protected bike lanes
- Crowdsourcing Pedestrian and Cyclist Activity Data, Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and Fehr & Peers (2015)
- Performance Monitoring and Stewardship, Seattle Pedestrian Master Plan, Seattle Department of Transportation (2009): Link includes a list of equity and health measures from Seattle’s ped plan.
- Planning Complete Streets for An Aging America, AARP Public Policy Institute (2009): How Complete Streets can improve the mobility of older adults, including refinements to intersection design treatments in the Federal Highway Administration in its Design Handbook for Older Drivers and Pedestrians
- Safer Streets, Stronger Economies, Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition (2015): Complete Streets benefits from 37 projects, including safety, increased bicycling and walking, changes in automobile traffic, and economic returns.
Tuesday’s discussion provided great context for each of these resources, and even more are included in the full report. Thank you to everyone who joined Tuesday’s event.