complete streets

Cambridge enshrines protected bike lanes into law

By Robbie Webber Cambridge has become the first city in the U.S. to require protected bike lanes on reconstructed streets, if those streets are part of the city’s 20-mile bicycle network plan. This is not just an internal policy, but is included in municipal ordinance. And being legally

Methodology for prioritizing streets for multimodal treatments

By Robbie Webber Building Complete Streets can assure that our transportation network is safe and comfortable for all road users: people biking, walking, and taking transit, as well as drivers of cars. But which streets are most appropriate for Complete Streets treatments—to encourage

Phoenix struggles with its pedestrian safety record

By Robbie Webber Phoenix has a problem with pedestrian fatalities. The city, along with the entire state of Arizona, has an exceptionally high rate of pedestrian fatalities compared to the rest of the country. It looked like the city was ready to tackle this problem, with a city staff naming 11

Florida DOT hits milestone in context-based street design

By Chris McCahill and Rayla Bellis As part of its Complete Streets Implementation, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently adopted eight context classifications to guide road design decisions. Under this new system, planners and engineers will consider existing and future

The National Complete Streets Coalition announces the best Complete Streets policies of 2016

By Rayla Bellis The National Complete Streets Coalition has released The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2016, the latest edition of the annual report that scores and ranks all of the Complete Streets policies passed during the previous year. Brockton, MA, Missoula, MT, and Wenatchee, WA tied

FDOT makes strides in Complete Streets implementation: Former Dist. 1 Secretary Billy Hattaway weighs in

By Rayla Bellis The Florida Department of Transportation has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. In late April, FDOT issued a draft of the new FDOT Design Manual, which integrates a context-sensitive Complete Streets approach and will replace the

Can Florida design its way to safety? SSTI meeting highlight

By Chris McCahill Early this month, SSTI kicked off its Community of Practice meeting in Detroit with a discussion about road safety issues following this year’s surprising spike in traffic deaths. The discussion ranged from issues of alcohol- and cell phone-related crashes to the Tennessee

Austin, Texas sees road safety and operations improvements with “right sizing”

By Robbie Webber Austin, Texas has released a report detailing their 15-year effort to “right size” streets throughout the city, and the results have been positive. Travel times on the studied segments have not increased, crashes are down by as much as 38 percent, and high-risk speeding has

Access for all: Knitting together ADA and Complete Streets

By Mary Ebeling The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA 1990) was enacted to ensure equal participation for people of all abilities. These are evolving standards that provide guidance for making transportation facilities, such as sidewalks and transit, fully accessible, the same facilities that

Michigan DOT takes an innovative approach to complete streets

By Chris Spahr The Michigan Department of Transportation has embraced the concept of “walkability reviews” and has been funding them in communities across the state for the past 10 years. The most recent round of walkability reviews was conducted April 21-25 in six communities. Walkability