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  1. 1. Introduction toComplete StreetsCT Bike-Walk Summit 20131Michael Morehouse, PEFitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  2. 2. What are Complete Streets?2Complete Streets are safe,comfortable, and convenient fortravel for everyone, regardless ofage or ability – motorists,pedestrians, bicyclists, and publictransportation riders.
  3. 3. 55% of Americans would ratherdrive less & walk more.Transit use is growing fasterthan population or highwaytravel.Nearly one-third of Americansdon’t drive:• 21% of Americans over 65.• Children under 16.• Many low income Americansdo not have access toautomobiles.Who wants Complete Streets?3
  4. 4. Incomplete Streets are Unsafe4More than 40% ofpedestrian deaths in 2007and 2008 occurred where nocrosswalk was available.National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Reporting System
  5. 5. Incomplete Streets are Unsafe502468101214Represent 12% oftripsSuffer 13% offatalitiesReceive 1% offederal fundingBicyclists and Pedestrians
  6. 6. Streets Are Inadequate6One quarter ofwalking trips takeon place on roadswithout sidewalksor shoulders.Bike lanes areavailable for onlyabout 5% of ofbicycle trips.National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors, 2003
  7. 7. Streets are places too!
  8. 8. How do you view capacity?
  9. 9. Source: Federal Highway Administration & New York TimesTrip Type % By Trip Type---------------------- --------------------Work 18.0%Work Related 2.6%Shopping 20.2%Doctors & Dentist 1.5%Family & Personal 24.2%Church & School 8.8%Social Recreational 24.5%Other 0.2%100.0%Why we choose to travel…
  10. 10. How we choose to travel…
  11. 11. Changing Demographics in CT0100,000200,000300,000400,000500,000600,000700,000800,000900,0001990 201020-3465+
  12. 12. Why is this relevant?• ULI’s Residential NeighborhoodDevelopment Council has noted agrowing interest in walkableneighborhoods. They have foundthat homebuyers are willing to pay20 to 30 percent more for homes intransit-oriented, walkablecommunities.• Consumer surveys published by the National Association of Realtorsshows a rising preference for mixed-use neighborhoods, whereresidents can walk to stores or restaurants or just walk. And thispreference appears to be the most pronounced among gen Y.
  13. 13. According to a recent study put out by the AARP,older adults chose public transportation for a greatershare of their tripsWhy is this relevant?
  14. 14. We know how to build right14
  15. 15. Yet too many roads still turn out like this:15
  16. 16. Or like this:16
  17. 17. Gateway to a community?
  18. 18. What does this communicate?
  19. 19. What does this communicate?
  20. 20. We have a responsibility to do better!20
  21. 21. Michael Morehouse, PEFHI | Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.Innovative Planning, Better Communities72 Cedar StreetHartford, CT 06106mmorehouse@fhiplan.comwww.fhiplan.comThank you!
  22. 22. Extra slides
  23. 23. Complete Streets Policies23A complete streets policyensures that the entire rightof way is planned, designed,and operated to provide safeaccess for all users.
  24. 24. Why have a policy?24To change practice,integrating the needs of allroad users into everydaytransportation planning anddesign practices.
  25. 25. 1. Sets a vision.2. Includes all modes.3. Emphasizes connectivity.4. Applies to all phases of all applicable projects.5. Specifies and limits exceptions, with managementapproval required.6. Uses latest design standards is flexible.7. Is context-sensitive.8. Sets performance standards.9. Includes implementation steps.Elements of a Policy25
  26. 26. Streets Can Benefit Communities26ncrease capacitymprove safetyBetter healthEconomic growthLower emissionsReduce costsSmarter growthProvide choices