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Completing Our Streets: Tools to Get You Moving. Laura Searfoss, Policy Associate, National Complete Streets Coalition. Americans want choices. of Americans want more transportation options so they have the freedom to choose how to get where they need to go. 66%. 73%.

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completing our streets tools to get you moving

Completing Our Streets: Tools to Get You Moving

Laura Searfoss, Policy Associate, National Complete Streets Coalition

americans want choices
Americans want choices

of Americans want more transportation options so they have the freedom to choose how to get where they need to go.

66%

73%

currently feel they have no choice but to drive as much as they do.

57%

would like to spend less time in the car.

Future of Transportation National Survey (2010)

the tremendous potential
The tremendous potential

Of all trips:

47%

are driven

39% are less than 3 miles

17% are less than

1 mile

of these trips…

National Household Travel Survey (2009)

people will walk
People will walk

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012, newpublichealth.org

incomplete streets are unsafe
Incomplete streets are unsafe

More than 40% of pedestrian deaths in 2007 and 2008 occurred where no crosswalk was available.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Reporting System

incomplete streets are unsafe1
Incomplete streets are unsafe

Especially for:

  • People of color
  • Low-income communities
  • Older adults
streets are inadequate
Streets are inadequate

No sidewalks

Too dangerous to cross on foot

streets are inadequate1
Streets are inadequate

Unsafe for bicyclists

streets are inadequate2
Streets are inadequate

Traffic jams on arterials

Too many crashes

streets are inadequate3
Streets are inadequate

Uninviting for bus

riders

streets are inadequate4
Streets are inadequate

Inaccessible for wheelchair users

streets are inadequate5
Streets are inadequate

No room for people!

what are complete streets
What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone, no matter who they are or how they travel.

complete streets policies
Complete Streets policies

Set the transportation decision-making process to provide safe access for all users in project selection, planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance.

complete streets means
Complete Streets means:
  • High-level policy direction
  • Changes to the everyday decision-making processes and systems for all projects
  • Incremental approach
  • Using existing transportation budget better
  • Long-term results
complete streets does not mean
Complete Streets does not mean:
  • One ‘special’ street project
  • Only done with specific funding source
  • A design prescription
  • A mandate for immediate retrofit
  • A silver bullet; other issues must be addressed:
    • Land use (proximity, mixed-use)
    • Environmental concerns
    • Transportation Demand Management
policy adoption
Policy adoption

Total number of policies

As of July 2013

national complete streets coalition steering committee
National Complete Streets Coalition Steering Committee

Benefactor

AARP

America Bikes

American Planning Association

American Public Transportation Association

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

National Association of REALTORS

Smart Growth America

Platinum

American Society of Landscape Architects

SvR Design Company

Bronze

Active Living by Design

Alliance for Biking & Walking

Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

Supporter

America Walks

Institute of Transportation Engineers

National Association of City Transportation Officials

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