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Complete Streets Act to create bike/ped facilities

The Complete Streets Act of 2008 (S. 2686)

From National Recreation and Park Association

Earlier this year Senate bill S. 2686, The Complete Streets Act of 2008, was introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE). This bill consolidates many of the new initiatives related to making streets and urban transportation networks safer and more usable by pedestrians and cyclists as well as motorists. Advocates for these transportation improvements are calling this initiative "complete the streets," a movement that will involve planners, engineers, designers, citizens, and elected officials working togother to build pedestrian and road networks that welcome all citizens.

The Complete Streets Act of 2008 would add a provision to Title 23 of the Surface Transportation Act to ensure that future transportation investments made by state Departments of Transportation and Metropolitan Planning Organizations create appropriate and safe transportation facilities for all users of the road – motorists, transit vehicles and riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

More than 50 jurisdictions from all regions of the country have already adopted complete streets policies that direct transportation planners to consider the needs of all users when transportation investment decisions are made. The purpose of these initiatives are to ensure streets don’t create barriers for children, disabled users, older persons, and non-drivers, as well as making streetscapes more friendly and livable while making sure that roads are designed and updated to allow everyone to travel safely.

The Complete Streets Act of 2008 would build on these existing successful state and local policies to define effective complete streets policies and to direct state DOTs and MPOs to adopt such policies and apply them to upcoming transportation projects. The bill would also authorize needed research and dissemination of complete streets best practices. For more information, go to the Complete Streets website at: http://www.completestreets.org/

For more information on Complete the Streets contact Ashley Futrell at (202)887-0290, afutrell@nrpa.org

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