Complete Streets     Wali Memon
Lessons for South CarolinaWhat I’ll cover today What are complete streets? Why do we need/want them? How are we promoting ...
What is a Complete Street?A Complete Street is safe, comfortable and convenient for travel via automobile, foot,          ...
The many types of Complete Streets
The many types of Complete Streets
The many types of Complete Streets
The many types of Complete Streets
The many types of Complete Streets
The many types of Complete Streets
Transferable MessagesNo design guide or manual for completestreets– every street is different– judgment needed in each cas...
Americans want to bike more 52% of Americans want to bike more         than they do now.                               Ame...
Americans want to walk more  55% of Americans would prefer to     drive less and walk more                                ...
About one-third of Americans         do not drive:21% of Americansover 65.All children under 16.8 million householdswith n...
Streets are inadequate:      No sidewalks
Streets are inadequate:Too narrow to share with bikes
Streets are inadequate:Too dangerous to cross on foot
Streets are inadequateNo room for bikes or pedestrians
Streets are inadequate    No room for people
Incomplete streets            are unsafe.           Pedestrians and bicyclists...14121086420     1% of federal   10% of tr...
Benefits: for safetyDesigning intersections for pedestrian travel can reduce pedestrian risk by 28%          [insert photo...
Europe has more bike-ped travel           Portion of all trips30%25%20%15%                                               W...
…And far fewer deaths      Deaths per 100 million km travel1412108                                                  Walk6 ...
Benefits: for older Americans50% of Americans willbe over 55 in 2030More than half ofolder Americans walkregularly.21% of ...
Benefits: for encouraging          healthy activityWalking and bicycling  help prevent obesity,  diabetes, high blood  pre...
Benefits: for people with disabilities 20% of Americans have  a disability that limits  their daily activities. Complete S...
Benefits: for reducing trafficOf all trips taken in metro areas:50%         are three miles or less28%         are one mil...
Transferable MessagesComplete streets make streets work foreveryone – including motoristsInvolves range of [influential] n...
Who is Doing Complete Streets?2000 FHWA Guidance:  “Bicycling and walking facilities will be  incorporated into all transp...
States with/getting   Complete Streets policiesOregon            PennsylvaniaVirginia          KentuckySouth Carolina    F...
Completing the Streets:           State ActionOregon state law: “footpaths and bicycle trails… shall be provided wherever ...
What are We Doing About it?Documenting who has policy in placeDeveloping model language, campaignsHelping South Carolina i...
For More InformationComplete the Streetswww.completethestreets.orgLeague of American Bicyclistswww.bikeleague.orgThunderhe...
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Complete Streets

  1. 1. Complete Streets Wali Memon
  2. 2. Lessons for South CarolinaWhat I’ll cover today What are complete streets? Why do we need/want them? How are we promoting the concept?What I won’t cover today Design details Long list of benefits
  3. 3. What is a Complete Street?A Complete Street is safe, comfortable and convenient for travel via automobile, foot, bicycle, and transit.
  4. 4. The many types of Complete Streets
  5. 5. The many types of Complete Streets
  6. 6. The many types of Complete Streets
  7. 7. The many types of Complete Streets
  8. 8. The many types of Complete Streets
  9. 9. The many types of Complete Streets
  10. 10. Transferable MessagesNo design guide or manual for completestreets– every street is different– judgment needed in each case“street” must also include wider contextincluding adjacent buildings, land use“no cost” policy change
  11. 11. Americans want to bike more 52% of Americans want to bike more than they do now. America Bikes Poll
  12. 12. Americans want to walk more 55% of Americans would prefer to drive less and walk more STPP Poll
  13. 13. About one-third of Americans do not drive:21% of Americansover 65.All children under 16.8 million householdswith no car.
  14. 14. Streets are inadequate: No sidewalks
  15. 15. Streets are inadequate:Too narrow to share with bikes
  16. 16. Streets are inadequate:Too dangerous to cross on foot
  17. 17. Streets are inadequateNo room for bikes or pedestrians
  18. 18. Streets are inadequate No room for people
  19. 19. Incomplete streets are unsafe. Pedestrians and bicyclists...14121086420 1% of federal 10% of trips 13% of funding fatalities FMIS, NHTS, FARS federal databases
  20. 20. Benefits: for safetyDesigning intersections for pedestrian travel can reduce pedestrian risk by 28% [insert photo of median island] King/Ewing 2003
  21. 21. Europe has more bike-ped travel Portion of all trips30%25%20%15% Walk Bike10%5%0% US Germany Netherlands Pucher, AJPH Sept 2003
  22. 22. …And far fewer deaths Deaths per 100 million km travel1412108 Walk6 Bike420 US Germany Netherlands Pucher, AJPH Sept 2003
  23. 23. Benefits: for older Americans50% of Americans willbe over 55 in 2030More than half ofolder Americans walkregularly.21% of Americansover 65 do not drive Photo: Michael Ronkin, ODOT
  24. 24. Benefits: for encouraging healthy activityWalking and bicycling help prevent obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer.Residents are 65% more likely to walk in a neighborhood with sidewalks.
  25. 25. Benefits: for people with disabilities 20% of Americans have a disability that limits their daily activities. Complete Streets have curb cuts and other features for disabled travelers. Complete Streets reduce isolation and dependence.
  26. 26. Benefits: for reducing trafficOf all trips taken in metro areas:50% are three miles or less28% are one mile or less65% of trips under one mile made by car 2001 NHTS
  27. 27. Transferable MessagesComplete streets make streets work foreveryone – including motoristsInvolves range of [influential] new partners– Public health– Disability– Seniors– Professional groups
  28. 28. Who is Doing Complete Streets?2000 FHWA Guidance: “Bicycling and walking facilities will be incorporated into all transportation projects unless exceptional circumstances exist.”Few states follow this guidance.
  29. 29. States with/getting Complete Streets policiesOregon PennsylvaniaVirginia KentuckySouth Carolina FloridaCalifornia TennesseeNew Jersey Vermont
  30. 30. Completing the Streets: State ActionOregon state law: “footpaths and bicycle trails… shall be provided wherever a highway, road or street is being constructed, reconstructed, or relocated.” minimum of 1% of state transportation funds go to bicycling and walking.
  31. 31. What are We Doing About it?Documenting who has policy in placeDeveloping model language, campaignsHelping South Carolina implement itPushing stronger Federal policyBuilding professional awarenessWatching the word spread!
  32. 32. For More InformationComplete the Streetswww.completethestreets.orgLeague of American Bicyclistswww.bikeleague.orgThunderhead Alliancewww.thunderheadalliance.org
  33. 33. Questions

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