Complete Streets Policies on the Rise
According to a report released today by the National Complete Streets Coalition, over 350 communities across the U.S. now have Complete Streets policies, 146 of which were adopted last year alone. The 2011 Complete Streets Policy Analysis documents the widespread adoption in a variety of communities and reflects the growing sentiment that streets should be so much more than conduits for motor vehicle traffic.
“As residents of communities across the country increasingly desire the ability to walk, bike or take transit to and from jobs, shops and schools, we’re seeing more and more localities understand the importance of providing for all transportation network users,” says National Complete Streets Coalition Director Roger Millar. “This is not something that is limited to big or coastal cities — in fact, what we’re seeing is that over one-third of all policies have been adopted in suburban communities with fewer than 30,000 residents, and nearly one in five policies are in small, rural towns.”
Establishing policies is the first step in the process of implementing Complete Streets, and it is encouraging to see so many communities taking that step. In addition to listing the policies on the books, the 2011 Policy Analysis assesses each policy and highlights noteworthy examples. Complete Streets advocates across the nation will continue to benefit from the updated Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook, which the Coalition also released today.
“Now more than ever, the Complete Streets policies we’re seeing are inclusive, diverse and accountable,” Millar says. “That’s a good thing no matter which form of transportation you prefer.”