Complete Streets are safe, comfortable, and convenient for travel for everyone, regardless of age or ability – motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders. What are Complete Streets?
Complete Streets are designed based on their location and users. Complete Streets do not look the same in every circumstance. What are Complete Streets? 2
Who wants Complete Streets? Nearly 1/3 of Americans don’t drive: • 21% of Americans over 65. • Children under 16. • Many low income Americans do not have access to automobiles. Transit use is growing faster than population or highway travel. 73% of Americans currently feel they have no choice but to drive as much as they do, and 66% want more choice in how to get where they need to go.
The tremendous potential Of all trips: • 50% are under 3 miles • 28% are 1 mile or less • 72% of trips 1 mile or less are driven 2008 National Household Travel Survey
Who Benefits People with disabilities (20%) Older adults (20% by 2025) Children (1/3+ overweight or obese) All of us!
Benefits: Health States with the lowest levels of biking and walking have, on average, the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. One third of regular transit users meet the minimum daily requirement for physical activity during their commute. 10
Benefits: Lower Costs Americans spent 18 cents of every dollar on transportation The poorest 1/5 of families spend more than double that figure. Complete Streets give people more control over their expenses, replacing expensive car travel with cheaper options like walking, riding bikes, and taking public transportation.
Benefits: Economic Vitality Washington, DC: Barracks Row/8th Street SE $8 million public investment in streetscape improvement 2003-2004 $8 million in private investment in following 2 years 32 new business establishments $80,000 in sales tax annually
A complete streets policy ensures that the entire right of way is planned, designed, and operated to provide safe access for all users. Complete Streets Policies
Twenty years of consistent investment in Complete Streets has lead to measurable results in Boulder, CO. Results Transit use is twice the national average. Walking commutes are 3 times the national average. Bicycle commutes are 18 times the national average. 2008 American Community Survey 16
Currently under consideration: NCDOT Complete Streets Implementation Guidance French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Complete Streets policy adoption City of Asheville Complete Streets policy adoption Bringing a Complete Streets informational workshop to the area Bringing It Home 17
Bringing It Home Currently under consideration NCDOT Complete Streets Implementation Guidance French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Complete Streets policy adoption City of Asheville Complete Streets policy adoption Bringing a Complete Streets informational workshop to the area A test road conversion on (N) Charlotte Street
For more information www.completestreets.org • Fact sheets, photos, brochures • Information on changing policy • Complete Streets blog and monthly newsletter Barb Mee (firstname.lastname@example.org) • City pedestrian and bicycle program • Complete Streets information and presentations • YMCA Pioneering Healthier Communities Initiative