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Complete Streets Now Federal DOT Policy

The U.S. Department of Transportation will now pursue the full inclusion of pedestrians and bicyclists in transportation projects. In a blog post, DOT Secretary Ray Lahood said, “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.” According to the National Complete Streets Coalition:

The statement details what agencies large and small can and should do to integrate non-motorized modes into future projects:

  • Consider walking and bicycling as equals with other transportation modes;
  • Ensure convenient choices for people of all ages and abilities;
  • Go beyond minimum design standards;
  • Integrate bicycle and pedestrian accommodation on new, rehabilitated, and limited-access bridges;
  • Collect data on walking and biking trips;
  • Set a mode share target for walking and bicycling and track them over time;
  • Maintain sidewalks and shared-use paths the same way roadways are maintained, especially during snowy weather; and
  • Improve non-motorized facilities during maintenance projects.

This is more than welcome news. This country has come a long way since freeways were built right through great urban parks and neighborhoods.

Incidentally, Congress has also been presented with a resolution to create a National Streetscaping Week to highlight the “myriad of benefits of streetscaping, including: creating local green jobs; helping reduce energy costs for consumers; managing stormwater; reducing air pollution by sequestering harmful carbon emissions, creating safer streets and neighborhoods through traffic calming designs, and a host of other benefits.”

A federal government devoted to creating quality places: what is going on?

2 Responses

  1. Wow, this is great news. Should be interesting to see how the states react.

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