Complete the Streets!

The term "complete streets" refers to streets that work for motorists, bus riders, bicyclists and pedestrians, including people with disabilities. This article describes the complete streets concept and how the trend is being implemented in some U.S. communities. A complete streets policy is aimed at producing roads that are safe and convenient for all users, and strives for diversity on almost all thoroughfares. More than two dozen jurisdictions have adopted laws or policies requiring all roads be routinely built and reconstructed to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists. Some of the challenges include finding enough right-of-way, changing the mindset of engineers and planners, and the lack of training available on how to implement complete streets policies. Oregon, which has had a bill requiring bicycle and pedestrian facilities on all new roads and streets since 1971, is described as an example of how complete streets programs can be implemented.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 18-23
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  • Accession Number: 01000662
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2005 9:44PM