Complete Streets and Walkability

News

Stanley Cup street closures show why Gallery Place should be pedestrianized (6/7/18). Road closures show how focusing on pedestrians and walkability are likely to help with other factors such as congestion and traffic-related injuries. Because cars become less convenient, people find other ways to move while improving the liveliness of public spaces.

Infrastructure projects that walk the walk (5/2018). America Walks highlights five infrastructure projects with human-centered elements, and which can serve as guidance for making communities more mobile through walkability.

We blame pedestrians for dying even when drivers are at fault (4/16/18). Data shows that most collisions with pedestrians are the drivers' fault, yet policy and design changes still try to "fix" pedestrian behavior without addressing the much-deadlier motor vehicle. This needs to change.

It's Sneckdown Season: What Cities Can Learn from Snow-Covered Streets (1/18/18). Sneckdowns, "traffic patterns in new snowfall that highlight unused roadspace" provide planners and pedestrian advocates insights into the opportunities for improving a community's walkability.

Why walkable streets are more economically productive (1/18/18). Economic data shows how building towns and cities for pedestrians is better for the economy than focusing on car movement, and applies to large and small communities anywhere in the country.

Complete Streets

Human-centered mobility principles (Partnership for Active Transportation, 2018). A set of shared principles to guide work in mobility and community design choices to prioritize people and the spaces they use.

Engaging Students with Disabilities in Safe Routes to School (The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, 2018). This report identifies how to plan and develop a school transportation program that meets the needs of students with disabilities. This report describes strategies for including students with disabilities within Safe Routes to School, components of inclusive Safe Routes to School programming, and ways to partner and build community resources.

Improving Mobility Access through Complete Streets and Mobility Management. Mobility management and Complete Streets are closely related concepts, focusing on the integration of the two areas to reach common goals of safety, livability, customized transportation solutions, equity, and accessibility. Explore what defines Complete Streets, why integrating the two initiatives makes sense, the role that mobility managers have within the context of local Complete Streets projects, and firsthand remarks from mobility management professionals on how they became engaged in the Complete Streets movement in their towns and regions.

National Complete Streets Coalition. Offers training and resources for communities to craft, pass and implement regulations, laws or executive orders that make roadways safe for multiple modes of transportation, including biking, walking and driving. Is funded by a diverse group of organizations.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership. A network of organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding, and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.

Smart Growth America. An advocacy and technical assistance organization dedicated to real estate development that is centered around urban infill, transit, and complete streets.

Walking

A Pedestrian Bill of Rights (Transportist, 2018). Laying out the approaches that make walking – the most fundamental of mobility options – a safe, viable, and useful option to get around.

Making the Case for Transit (America Walks, 2018) "Every trip is a walking trip, whether you are on foot the entire way or just to the nearest transit stop. Transit can be a critical partner and advocate in the fight for walkable communities. Working together, we can create livable communities where all members have access to school, work, play, and more. This webinar features successful resources, programs, and campaigns on how to make the case for people-first walking and transit solutions."

Pedestrians First: A New Tool for Walkable Cities (Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, 2018). A tool to facilitate the understanding and measurement of the features that promote walkability at multiple levels.

Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit (Federal Transit Administration, 2017). An FTA resource to help planners maximize safety and access to public transit resources.

America Walks. A national pedestrian/walkability organization with links to local and regional walking and biking advocacy groups.

Federal Highway Administration, “bicycle and pedestrian” web page. Provides resources on the topics of funding, legislation, and guidance.

National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Provides technical assistance and training for communities that wish to improve and expand the opportunities for walking and biking.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center. The umbrella program for BicyclingInfo.org and WalkingInfo.org.

Walk Friendly Communities. A national recognition program developed to encourage towns and cities across the United States to establish or recommit to a high priority for supporting safer walking environments; funded by private and public sources.