What are Complete Streets?2Complete Streets are safe,comfortable, and convenient fortravel for everyone, regardless ofage or ability – motorists,pedestrians, bicyclists, and publictransportation riders.
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
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
Incomplete Streets are Unsafe502468101214Represent 12% oftripsSuffer 13% offatalitiesReceive 1% offederal fundingBicyclists and Pedestrians
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
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…
Changing Demographics in CT0100,000200,000300,000400,000500,000600,000700,000800,000900,0001990 201020-3465+
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.
According to a recent study put out by the AARP,older adults chose public transportation for a greatershare of their tripsWhy is this relevant?
Complete Streets Policies23A complete streets policyensures that the entire rightof way is planned, designed,and operated to provide safeaccess for all users.
Why have a policy?24To change practice,integrating the needs of allroad users into everydaytransportation planning anddesign practices.
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