This year, at least, the best new policies haven’t come from huge U.S. cities. With a few exceptions, smaller communities are making the most inroads. That’s according to The National Complete Streets Coalition, a project of development research and advocacy organization Smart Growth America.
Two student transportation veterans spoke to the common goals they share with the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) National Partnership — and the positive results they've seen — during a recent webinar on collaboration.
Tucked inside the new Complete Streets Design Guidelines that the city of Chicago is about to debut, pasted onto page 10, is a reproduction of a Chicago Tribune news blurb from May 6, of 1913 with this irresistible headline: “SPEEDER WANTS ALL STREET: Motorist Complains to Judge Because Pedestrian Gets in Way.”
“…the transportation profession is coming to understand that more roads, more lanes, and longer signal cycles only induces more traffic.” You can find that statement on page 80 of the Complete Streets Design Guidelines [PDF] released yesterday by the Chicago Department of Transportation, which says loud and clear that designing streets to just move cars doesn’t work.
A plan to turn a busy 27-mile, automobile-loving stretch of Woodward Avenue into a road that's safe and welcoming for all forms of transportation is rolling along with a series of public planning events to begin soon. A walkability expert from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, will present a walking audit of Woodward and explain what lies ahead for a re-design he says "could be the single largest Complete Streets planning effort ever undertaken in North America.”
On Monday, the National Complete Streets Coalition released its annual analysis of the best Complete Streets policies of the past year. The 10 diverse communities with the best policies of the year include three California cities in the Los Angeles metro area: Hermosa Beach, Huntington Park, and Rancho Cucamonga. Hermosa Beach and Huntington Park tied for second place on our list of top policies, and Rancho Cucamonga came in at number 10.
Two communities involved with the Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities national program have been selected among the inaugural 2013 RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize Winners. Selected from 160 applicants, Santa Cruz and New Orleans were among six communities recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The RWJF Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Prize winners were chosen because of their innovative strategies for population-level changes: policy and environmental improvements that enable people to make healthier choices. Each of these communities won $25,000 to continue their journeys toward better health.