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Complete Streets. Dom Nozzi, AICP [email protected] On many roads…“Barrier Effect” Zero Sum. What is a Complete Street?. Safe, comfortable & convenient for travel by car, foot, bicycle, & transit. Who wants Complete Streets?.

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Complete Streets

Dom Nozzi, AICP

[email protected]

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What is a Complete Street?

Safe, comfortable & convenient for travel by car, foot, bicycle, & transit

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Who wants Complete Streets?

Majority of Americans would rather drive less & walk more

Transit is growing faster than population or driving

About one-third of Americans don’t drive:

21% of Americans over 65.

All children under 16.

Many low income Americans cannot afford automobiles.

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Older Americans

More than 50% of non-drivers stay at home on a given day because they lack transportation options.

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People with disabilities

Complete Streets improve mobility for disabled people and reduce the need for expensive para-transit service

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  • Americans move… without moving

  • 60% of adults are at risk for diseases associated with inactivity:

    • Obesity

    • Diabetes

    • High blood pressure

    • Other chronic diseases

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The environment

  • Fewer emissions

  • Less noise pollution

  • Less wear & tear on our roads

  • Less need to widen roads

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Economic activity

  • Complete streets increase home values and help revitalize commercial areas

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Streets work better


Edgewater Drive – Orlando, FL

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Streets work better


Edgewater Drive – Orlando, FL

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Context-Sensitive SolutionsOne Size Does Not Fit All

Complete Streets doesn’t mean every street has sidewalks, bike lanes and transit

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Inducing Bicycling & Walking

Scarce & Priced Car Parking (cash-out)

Proximity (MU, density)

Relatively high gas prices (gas tax)

Slower Speeds (attentive, not forgiving)

Full-time staff

One-Way to Two-Way

Keep streets & intersections small (rd diet those that are now too big)

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Transformative Moment

  • Faltering national economy.

  • Increasing gas prices (Plan B).

  • Obesity epidemic.

  • Growing awareness that quality of life is an engine.

  • Global warming & sustainability.

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Status Nationally

  • In 2008, 20 communities adopted CS policies.

  • So far in 2009, 12 more have done so.

  • Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) & Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D, CA-5) introduced the Complete Streets Act of 2009 in March.

  • Lrg % of CS workshops are sponsored by health organizations

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Dom Nozzi, AICP

[email protected]