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The Great Opportunity of Complete Streets

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Presented by Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin Executive Director Kevin Hardman on October 5, 2010, at the La Crosse complete streets workshop sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the La Crosse County Health Department.

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The Great Opportunity of Complete Streets

  1. 1. The Great Opportunity of Complete Streets<br />Kevin Hardman<br />Executive Director<br />Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin<br />
  2. 2. Bike Fed Vision<br />Millions of Wisconsin residents and visitors of all backgrounds choosebicyclingas an integral and convenientpart of their daily life. <br />Wisconsin is one of the world's best places to ride a bicycle.<br />
  3. 3. Bike Fed Mission<br />To inspire, motivate, and unitea strong community of civic, business and political leaders, motorists and bicyclists to move bicycling forward in Wisconsin.<br />
  4. 4. Bike Fed Quick Facts<br /><ul><li>Formed in 1988
  5. 5. One of country’s oldest bicycling advocacy organizations
  6. 6. Supported by thousands of members
  7. 7. 15-person Board of Directors
  8. 8. Offices are in Madison and Milwaukee</li></li></ul><li>What are Complete Streets?<br />Complete Streets are for everyone.<br />
  9. 9. Complete Streets Policies<br />More than120 communities have committed to a complete streets approach.<br />
  10. 10. The Growing Movement<br />Number of Policies Adopted<br />Year<br />
  11. 11. Wisconsin Complete Streets Law<br />In 2009, Wisconsin passed a complete streets law.<br />
  12. 12. Wisconsin’s potential<br />Of all U.S. trips:<br /><ul><li>50% are under 3 miles
  13. 13. 28% are 1 mile or less
  14. 14. 72% of trips 1 mile or less are driven</li></ul>2008 National Household Travel Survey<br />
  15. 15. Wisconsin’s potential<br />One quarter of walking trips take place on roads without sidewalks or shoulders.<br />National Survey of Pedestrian and Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors, 2003<br />
  16. 16. Who wants Complete Streets?<br />55% of Americans would rather drive less & walk more.<br />2008 National Household Travel Survey<br />
  17. 17. Who wants Complete Streets?<br />Nearly a third of Americans don’t drive.<br />
  18. 18. Who wants Complete Streets?<br />
  19. 19. Disproportionate funding<br />
  20. 20. Good Streets Benefit Communities<br /><ul><li>Increase capacity
  21. 21. Improve safety
  22. 22. Better health
  23. 23. Economic growth
  24. 24. Lower emissions
  25. 25. Provide choices</li></li></ul><li>Seeing is believing …<br />
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  36. 36. Change Travel Patterns<br />Twenty years of consistent investment in a has lead to measurable results in Boulder, CO.<br />Transit use is twice the national average.<br />Walking commutes are 3 times the national average.<br />Bicycle commutes are 18 times the national average.<br />2008 American Community Survey<br />
  37. 37. Enhance Economic Competitiveness<br />Washington, DC: Barracks Row/8th Street SE<br /><ul><li>$8 milllion public investment in streetscape improvement 2003-04
  38. 38. $8 million private investment in following 2 years
  39. 39. 32 new business establishments
  40. 40. $80,000 in sales tax annually</li></li></ul><li>Enhance Economic Competitiveness<br />Home values increase when communities becomemore walkable.<br />Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Housing Values in U.S. Cities<br />
  41. 41. Change Travel Patterns<br />Residents are 65% more likely to walk in a neighborhood with sidewalks.<br />Cities with more bike lanes per square mile have higher levels of bicycle commuting.<br />
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  43. 43. Join with us<br />
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  47. 47. Contact Information<br />Kevin Hardman<br />Kevin.hardman@bfw.org<br />414.271.9685<br />www.bfw.org<br />Thanks to the National Complete Streets Coalition for providing photographs from other parts of the United States and background on the national movement for complete streets. Additional information is available from www.completestreets.org.<br />
  48. 48. Copyright & Use<br />Portions of this presentation are licensed by the National Complete Streets Coalition under a Creative Commons license permitting non-commercial use with attribution. Any of these conditions may be waived with permission of the coalition. You can find the source materials at www.completestreets.org/complete-streets-fundamentals/#slideshow.<br />For more information about this license, please visit: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/<br />The remaining portions of the presentation were created by the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin. Please email info@bfw.org if you would like to use this presentation.<br />37<br />
  49. 49. Happy riding!<br />

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