Evaluating the Impact of Complete Streets Initiatives

Complete Streets (CS) is an emerging urban planning paradigm that strives to balance the needs of pedestrians and bicyclists with those of automobile drivers and transit users. Despite the recognized importance of CS project tracking and outcomes measurement, municipalities struggle to gather such data systematically. In order to accumulate program evaluation data, municipalities need guidance regarding efficient measurement tools that capture the outputs and impacts of their CS projects. This compendium is an attempt to address that need. The authors sought state-of-practice tools and measurement approaches from the literature on Complete Streets as well as the related fields of sustainability, livability, and health. Rather than provide an exhaustive list of performance measures, the intent was to offer a snapshot of current measurement practices. This report thus provides a starting point for municipalities seeking to create a “report card” of indicators that demonstrate the impact of their local Complete Streets initiatives. The chapters describe measures that assess seven areas of impact: bicycle/pedestrian, citizen feedback, economic, environmental, health, multi-modal level of service, and safety.

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    Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access (IDEA)

    School of Architecture and Planning, University at Buffalo
    The State University of New York
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14214-3087

    GoBike Buffalo

    640 Ellicott Street, Suite 447
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14203
  • Authors:
    • Ranahan, Molly E
    • Lenker, James A
    • Maisel, Jordana L
  • Publication Date: 2014


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 25p

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  • Accession Number: 01551327
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 27 2015 11:22AM