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Complete Streets:
Guide to Answering the Costs
Question
Companion Presentation, Part 1
“We can’t afford to build Complete Streets.”
2
Why is this such a
loaded statement?
…Because they are
really saying:
“Is b...
33
Give Real Examples
Dan Burden
44
Give Real Examples
Dan Burden
Four Answers:
6
1. Complete Streets
policies are necessary
to accommodate
existing users.
2. Complete Streets can
be achie...
7
Complete Streets policies are
necessary to accommodate
existing users.
8
Use with: Transportation professionals, officials, general
public
Complete Streets policies are
necessary to accommodate...
Ways to make the point…
9
• Photos
– People walking along „goat trails‟
– Wheelchair users unable to access sidewalks
– Bu...
1010
Use visuals: pedestrian deaths
11
Example: Cary, Illinois
12
This bridge provides
the only access
across the Fox River.
In 2000, 17-year-old
Nate Oglesby di...
Example: Cary, Illinois
13
Nate‟s family won a
wrongful death lawsuit
and the community
pressed the Illinois
DOT to retrof...
Example: Cobb County, Georgia
14
Use statistics: New Orleans
15
10.3% of residents
do not have access
to a car.
8.4% walk, bike, and
take transit to work.
...
16
"If you ever saw someone
in a wheelchair going down
a busy lane of traffic, it
scares you to death. You
can see their v...
17
“The idea of making streets more accessible
to walkers, bikers, wheelchairs, bus riders
and everyone else isn’t about s...
Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching,
advocating for and leading coalitions to ...
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  1. 1. 1 Complete Streets: Guide to Answering the Costs Question Companion Presentation, Part 1
  2. 2. “We can’t afford to build Complete Streets.” 2 Why is this such a loaded statement? …Because they are really saying: “Is building multi-modal streets worth it?” “How can I add all this extra stuff to my stretched transportation budget?” “You don‟t understand the constraints of my profession.”
  3. 3. 33 Give Real Examples Dan Burden
  4. 4. 44 Give Real Examples Dan Burden
  5. 5. Four Answers: 6 1. Complete Streets policies are necessary to accommodate existing users. 2. Complete Streets can be achieved within existing budgets. 3. Complete Streets can lead to new transportation funding opportunities. 4. Complete Streets add lasting value.
  6. 6. 7 Complete Streets policies are necessary to accommodate existing users.
  7. 7. 8 Use with: Transportation professionals, officials, general public Complete Streets policies are necessary to accommodate existing users.
  8. 8. Ways to make the point… 9 • Photos – People walking along „goat trails‟ – Wheelchair users unable to access sidewalks – Bus stops without sidewalks • Census statistics – Residents without access to cars – Community mode split • A map of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in your community
  9. 9. 1010
  10. 10. Use visuals: pedestrian deaths 11
  11. 11. Example: Cary, Illinois 12 This bridge provides the only access across the Fox River. In 2000, 17-year-old Nate Oglesby died trying to cross it on his bicycle; two teens had died previously.
  12. 12. Example: Cary, Illinois 13 Nate‟s family won a wrongful death lawsuit and the community pressed the Illinois DOT to retrofit the bridge, at far greater cost than doing it right the first time.
  13. 13. Example: Cobb County, Georgia 14
  14. 14. Use statistics: New Orleans 15 10.3% of residents do not have access to a car. 8.4% walk, bike, and take transit to work. Jason Toney
  15. 15. 16 "If you ever saw someone in a wheelchair going down a busy lane of traffic, it scares you to death. You can see their vulnerability.” – Rhonda Frisby, of the Anderson, South Carolina chapter of the Physically Handicapped Society Dr. Scott Crawford
  16. 16. 17 “The idea of making streets more accessible to walkers, bikers, wheelchairs, bus riders and everyone else isn’t about service to “special interests.” Complete streets is about being inclusive — recognizing that quality of life requires more than four-lane arterials and chip sealed avenues.” – Billings Gazette Editorial Board Charlotte, NC DOT Charlotte DOT
  17. 17. Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide. www.smartgrowthamerica.org 1707 L St. NW Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20036 | 202-207-3355

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