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!
COMPLETE STREETS POLICY PROGRESS
? Salt Lake gets complete streets policy
? Sacramento Coalition launches campaign
? AARP, other groups support National Coalition
? Complete streets speaks!
COMPLETE STREETS NEWS
? Complete streets at TRB
? Complete Streets technical assistance grants available
? Updated power-point available
? Sacramento Communications Plan
COMPLETE STREETS QUOTES
COMPLETE STREETS POLICY PROGRESS
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: http://www.innovations.harvard.edu/news/16915.html The Mayor also mentioned the order in his State of the City address:
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
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:
www.sacactive.org. 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 NEWS
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: http://www.completestreets.org/resources.html
COMPLETE STREETS QUOTES
“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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