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Complete the Streets News


This monthly newsletter issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition provides a

    roundup of news related to complete streets policies --- policies to ensure that the entire

    right of way is routinely designed and operated to enable safe access for all

    users. Please pass it around!


    ? Salt Lake gets complete streets policy


    ? Sacramento Coalition launches campaign

    ? AARP, other groups support National Coalition

    ? Complete streets speaks!


    ? Complete streets at TRB


    ? Complete Streets technical assistance grants available

    ? Updated power-point available

    ? Sacramento Communications Plan



    Salt Lake City gets complete streets policy Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson issued an Executive Order in January directing

    that all rights-of-way on which bicycles and pedestrians are permitted be “designed,

    constructed, operated, and maintained so that users, including people with disabilities,

    can travel safely and independently.” The Order was inspired by a suggestion from the Mayor‟s Bicycle Advisory Committee, chaired by Jason Bultman of the Salt Lake City

    Bicycle Collective (a Thunderhead member group). The Mayor had expressed an

    interest in leaving a legacy for safe bicycling that would extend beyond the end of his

    term next year.

The Order establishes a Complete Streets Committee of city department heads to

    approve any exceptions to the policy. By officially implementing Complete Streets, Salt

    Lake City has codified its bicycling and pedestrian policies into a single binding

    document that will ensure all possible accommodations are made. The Order does not

mention transit, but Jason Bultman of the Bicycle Collective says contacts are being

    made with the transit agency.

Salt Lake City has made great strides in promoting bicycling as a safe and effective

    means of transportation. By issuing an Executive Order, Mayor Anderson's

    administration ensures that cycling will continue to play an important role in all future

    development in Salt Lake City.

    See: The Mayor also mentioned the order in his State of the City address:,1249,650223541,00.html


    Sacramento Coalition launches campaign In January the Partnership for Active Communities in Sacramento, California, kicked off

    its campaign to build a coalition of 1,000 individuals and organizations in support of

    Complete Streets.

The Coalition‟s Communications Plan outlines a course of action to create a

    groundswell of popular support for Complete Streets and to gain Complete Streets

    transportation policies and procedures to cover both new and existing streets in all

    Sacramento County jurisdictions. Individual members of the Coalition will be seeking

    organizations and individuals to sign a pledge to work with the Coalition to meet these


The Coalition‟s new Complete Streets Coordinator, Terry Preston, of WALKSacramento,

    is also an active parent encouraging walking to school by children at his son‟s

    school. The coalition includes Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA), Breathe

    California of Sacramento, Emigrant Trails, and Sacramento Regional Transit. The

    Partnership for Active Communities is chaired by Dr. Steve Farrar, Superintendent of

    the Natomas Unified School District.

For more information on the Complete Streets Coalition of Sacramento, go to: See the Pledge at

    AARP, other groups support National Coalition Reflecting its commitment to creating livable communities for people as they age, AARP

    has increased its financial support for the National Complete Streets Coalition to

    $20,000. “We see complete streets as an important part of our work,” says AARP‟s

    Elinor Ginzler. “Walking, bicycling, and easy access to transit are all important

    elements of a livable community that works for older Americans and complete streets

    help get us there.” AARP members actively supported adoption of Honolulu‟s recent

    complete streets ballot initiative (see newsletter, 11/15/06), and AARP has included information about complete streets in its national policy guidebook.

The Coalition also received a number of small donations through the new donations

    button on the webpage; thanks to everyone for your support! A list of groups that have

    joined the Coalition by signing the Complete Streets Compact has also been posted to

    our website; please consider signing up your organization. Visit

    Complete streets speaks! Complete streets steering committee members are making presentations on complete

    streets in many forums. On February 14th the American Planning Association is

    hosting a complete streets web seminar with close to a thousand attendees expected;

    Mike Davis of the City of Charlotte NC joined Barbara McCann (Coalition Coordinator)

    and Sue Knaup (Thunderhead Alliance) to present at the New Partners for Smart

    Growth conference last week, and presentations are also scheduled for the National

    Bike Summit and the APTA bus conference.


    Complete streets at TRB While the National Coalition is primarily focused on complete streets policies,

    transportation engineers and researchers are busy thinking through the design

    implications of complete streets. The Geometric Design committee of the Transportation

    Research Board (TRB) tackled this issue in a Complete Streets session during the TRB

    Annual meeting January 21-25 in Washington, DC. The session focused primarily on

    the issue of speed. “Lower speed is vital to walkability,” according to presenter Richard Hall, PE, of Hall Planning and Engineering. He and other presenters noted the dramatic

    increase in crash fatalities as speeds increase, particularly for pedestrians. Hall joined

    Brian Bochner (PE) of the Texas Transportation Institute and Phil Erickson (AIA) in

    outlining ways to use design elements to achieve an appropriate target speed for a

    roadway that serves pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users.

Bochner outlined many design elements that help dampen automobile speeds, such as

    curves, medians, and intersection features, while noting that more research is needed

    to support the impact of these features on speed. Erickson (AIA), discussed features

    such as curb extensions, and noted that in Palo Alto, California, the redesign of a series

    of intersections along El Camino Real will decrease the space pedestrians have to

    cross and will improve travel times for automobiles in the process.


Complete streets technical assistance grants available!

    The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a request for applications for its Smart

    Growth Implementation Assistance Program, and projects to develop or implement

    complete streets policies are eligible! As stated in the call for applications, “Through

    this program, a team of multidisciplinary experts will provide free technical assistance to

    communities, regions, or states that want to develop in ways that meet environmental

    and other local or regional goals.” The program calls for proposals that help direct transportation investments to better support smart growth, and the program will help

    with policy analysis, public participatory processes, and implementation. Selected

    communities will receive assistance in the form of a multi-day visit from a team of

    experts organized by EPA and other national partners to work with local

    leaders. Applications will be accepted until March 8, 2007.

For more information and application materials, please go to

Updated power-point available

    We‟ve updated the basic complete streets power-point that is available for download at

    the complete streets


    Sacramento Communications Plan The Sacramento Communications Plan mentioned above will be posted to the National

    Complete Streets Coalition webpage for others interested in developing such a

    plan. Visit the “Resources” section:


     “A transportation system that encourages bicycling and walking can also save money,

    reduce traffic congestion, build community, and improve the overall quality of life.

    Therefore, Salt Lake City supports the concept of Complete Streets, requiring the

    accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the planning process by

    providing the following policy.”

-Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, in Complete Streets Executive Order


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