Last Monday, the City-County Council of Indianapolis unanimously approved a measure to make the city’s streets safer and more convenient for all travelers, whether they are on a bicycle, in a car, riding the bus, or on foot.
Complete Streets Policy
Communities across the United States adopted 146 Complete Streets policies in 2011, and over 350 policies are now in place across the country. A new report looks at some of the best of these policies, and a new resource can help community leaders bring these practices to their town or city.
This report documents the growth of that diverse movement and its strengths by analyzing the
more than 350 existing written policies adopted by states, regions, counties, and communities
before January 1, 2012. Policies that come closest to meeting the ‘ideal’ are highlighted. Used
in conjunction with the Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook, this report is also a useful tool
for communities looking to develop their own Complete Streets policy based on current best
practices. Many examples in this report come from policies adopted in 2011, in part because so
many strong examples were adopted last year.
When we started the Complete Streets movement, we didn’t look at where we would like every community to arrive. We looked at where communities are now. Complete Streets policies, and their implementation, provide the clear path between what we have and where we want to be.
Wtih an eye toward health, the City of San Antonio recently approved a Complete Streets policy.
Dangerous by Design 2011 spotlights the issue of pedestrian safety and the factors that make walking dangerous.
Last week’s release of Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2010: A Story of Growing Strength (.pdf) brought a wave of attention from the blogosphere and inspired many to support us in closing a funding gap.
Our new comprehensive report, Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2010: A story of growing strength, documents that states and local governments in every quadrant of the nation are adopting strong Complete Streets policies. In it, we rate the strength of written policies according to the established ten elements of ideal Complete Streets policies.
While it “wonderful” may be an overstatement, with a half-dozen state legislatures looking at new Complete Streets bills this year, it is an exciting time for the Complete Streets movement.
The National Complete Streets Coalition, in cooperation with the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, has selected an outstanding slate of instructor-trainees for its expanding workshop program. The new trainees are national experts in the field and effective instructors of related topics.