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Innovations Within Our Means, Presentation 3


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Presentation by Trevor Harris, Project Coordinator, Missouri Livable Streets

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Innovations Within Our Means, Presentation 3

  1. 1. Innovations Within Our Means <br />Livable St. Louis<br />Trevor Harris<br />June 3, 2011<br />
  2. 2. What are Livable Streets?<br />Livable Streets are those streets that provide access to safe physical activity for everyone in the community regardless of their age or ability.<br />
  3. 3. What are Livable Streets?<br />Common elements of a livable street include: sidewalks, bicycle facilities, paved shoulders, transit connections, crosswalks, curb cuts, countdown timers and street trees.<br />
  4. 4. Why do Livable Streets matter?<br />Active communities are healthy communities.<br />30% of Missourians are now obese. (BRFSS).<br />25% get no physical activity beyond work. (BRFSS)<br />Not all residents are able to or choose to drive.<br />40% of Missourians are not able to drive due to age or ability. (MCDC)<br />Livability is a factor in a healthy economy.<br />Businesses want to locate near a healthy work force. (Nat’l Assn of Realtors)<br />Properties near trails sell for closer to their asking price. (Mass. Realtors Assn.)<br />
  5. 5. Demand for Livable Streets<br />Different polls indicate that 52% of Americans would like to bike more and 55% of Americans would like to drive less and walk more (STPP). However only 1% of federal transportation funding goes to building or maintaining pedestrian and bicycle facilities.<br />Sources: America Bikes, STPP, NHTS and FARS federal databases.<br />
  6. 6. Missouri Livable Streets<br />A 2 year project funded by the CDC that aims to build support for livable streets across the state.<br />Supports local citizen groups and advocates who are interested in advancing local livable streets.<br />Provides trainings and technical assistance with livable streets policy adoption and implementation.<br />Media campaign: <br />Web, Facebook, Twitter, e-newsletter<br />Media buys: target markets<br />
  7. 7. Livable Streets Policy Elements<br />Elements of a model livable streets policy include:<br />Avision for how and why the community wants to complete its streets<br />Specifies that ‘all users’ includes pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles.<br />Applies to both new and retrofit projects, including design, planning, maintenance, and operations, for the entire right of way.<br />Makes any exceptions specific and sets a clear procedure that requires high-level approval of exceptions.<br />Includes specific next steps for implementation of the policy.<br />Modified from National Complete Streets Coalition, <br />
  8. 8. Missouri Communities with Livable/Complete Streets policies<br />St. Louis City (2010)<br />Kansas City (2011)<br />De Soto (2008), Festus (2010), Crystal City (2010), Herculaneum (2010), and Pevely (2010) in Jefferson County,  <br />Ferguson (2008) in suburban St. Louis,<br />Columbia (2004)<br />Lee's Summit (2010) in suburban Kansas City,<br />Elsberry (2010) in northeast Missouri.<br />From Missouri Bicycle Federation,<br />
  9. 9. Coalition Building for Livable Streets<br />Livable streets conversations occur in numerous venues and bring citizens together with enlightened traffic engineers, motivated public health practitioners, transportation planners, youth groups and more.<br />
  10. 10. Low-cost programming can build support for livable streets.<br />Examples include:<br />Walking School Bus<br />Bike Brigade<br />Earn-a-Bike Projects<br />Community Walks<br />Walkability Assessments<br />Numerous other examples exist for ways you can grow the constituency for livable streets on your block.<br />
  11. 11. Livable Streets Advocacy<br />Build or find the local livable streets coalition.<br />Find allies in local bicyclists, pedestrians, seniors, youth, disability advocates and neighborhood groups.<br />Talk to your council person about your support for livable streets.<br />Agree on a common set of talking points such as health, access or community economic development benefits.<br />
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