Complete the Streets News 4/11/2007 www.completestreets.org This monthly newsletter issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition provides a roundup of news related to complete streets policies --- policies to ensure that the entire right of way is routinely designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Please pass it around! COMPLETE STREETS POLICY PROGRESS Washington State policy one step closer to passage* Seattle strengthens commitment to complete streets PA DOT makes ―should‖ a ―shall‖ Iowa City gets complete streets California Complete Streets Act of 2007 Introduced Update on Louisville, KY policy CAMPAIGN NEWS Helping Virginia with implementation Completing the streets for buses and their riders Thunderhead builds capacity and spreads the word Urban Street Symposium to feature complete streets COMPLETE STREETS NEWS San Francisco kicks off Better Streets Plan Disabled Californians sue Caltrans over incomplete streets Rapid development in North Carolina leads planning director to call for complete streets University of Illinois working to make streets safer and more convenient Funding cuts threaten Transportation Enhancements program An exciting new vision for Peachtree Street Media Roundup RESOURCES Benefits Fact Sheets—NOW AVAILABLE! Even more Frequently Asked Questions Are you a member of America Walks? Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership seeks local partners COMPLETE STREETS QUOTES COMPLETE STREETS POLICY PROGRESS Washington State policy one step closer to passage* JUST IN – On April 10th, the Washington State House passed a set of revised transportation goals by 97 to 1 that includes a complete streets provision. The bill must now be reconciled with a Senate version without the provision. See the House bill, SB 5412 page 8 section 6, (3): http://www.leg.wa.gov/pub/billinfo/2007-08/Pdf/Amendments/House/5412- S%20AMH%20TR%20H3318.1.pdf * this article was added after the April edition of the Complete the Streets News was sent via email Seattle strengthens commitment to complete streets Mayor Greg Nickels recently proposed complete streets legislation, stating ―This legislation will ensure that we don‘t just fix our streets, but we look at how to make them better for all users. It will make our streets safer for pedestrians and give cyclists, transit users and motorists more choices when traveling our roadways.‖ Seattle had previously included a complete streets provision in their ―Bridging the Gap‖ funding package (see September 2006 newsletter) but this legislation would extend the requirement to all streets. In related news, the Bicycle Master Plan calls for more than 200 miles of designated lanes built over the next 10 years. These two measures will provide the citizens with safe and convenient transportation choices as well as helping Seattle become a more sustainable city. Read the press release from the Mayor‘s office: http://www.seattlechannel.org/news/detail.asp?ID=7147&Dept=40 Read more about the bicycle master plan here: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/transportation/309232_rudebikers28.html PA DOT makes “should” a “shall” The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has converted its Bicycle and Pedestrian Checklist into a policy with more teeth. The Checklist has been around for years as an option, but advocates, and particularly the Pedestrian and Pedacycle Advisory Committee, have pushed to make it mandatory. The Department has issued a memo that effective May 15th, ―Department policy requires the evaluation of the access and mobility needs of pedestrians and bicycle users in highway and bridge transportation corridors.‖ See ―PennDOT‘s New Directive‖ dated April 3rd in the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia‘s blog at http://bcgp.blogspot.com/. Iowa City gets complete streets On April 3rd the Iowa City Council voted unanimously to adopt a complete streets policy. This is the third jurisdiction in Iowa to adopt a complete streets policy, joining Johnson County (where Iowa City is located) and the City of Cascade. Read more here: http://www.press- citizen.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070317/NEWS01/70317002/1079 California Complete Streets Act of 2007 Introduced California Assemblyman Mark Leno has introduced the California Complete Streets Act of 2007. AB 1358 would require a complete streets provision during the update of city or county general plans, identifying how the jurisdiction will provide for the routine accommodation of all users of the roadway including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, individuals with disabilities, seniors, and users of public transportation. A comprehensive fact sheet that outlines the benefits of the bill can be found at the California Bicycle Coalition website. If you are a Californian, you can also learn how you can support passage. Visit http://www.calbike.org/. Update on Louisville, KY policy In last month‘s newsletter we reported on Mayor Jerry Abramson‘s announcement of a proposed complete streets policy for Louisville, KY. The draft manual is now available online and can be viewed here: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville/Complete+Streets/Complete+Streets.htm. The Planning Committee will review the manual on Thursday April 12 th, followed by a public comment period. Mayor Abramson touted the policy at the recent National Bike Summit in Washington, DC. You can listen to his speech here: http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville/default.htm. CAMPAIGN NEWS Helping Virginia with implementation Through a grant from the Virginia Department of Health, the National Complete Streets Coalition is working with BikeWalk Virginia to develop a website and workshops to help leaders, policy makers, planners, engineers and advocates in Virginia cities, towns, and counties understand and implement the state‘s existing Complete Streets policy. Consultant and APBP representative Michael Ronkin is helping to develop the workshop, which will focus on how to change decision-making procedures to take all road users into account. We hope to be able to offer a similar package to other interested jurisdictions. Visit http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/. Completing the streets for buses and their riders The FTA‘s Transportation Planning and Capacity Building Program is sponsoring a roundtable workshop on complete streets implementation for transit at the upcoming American Public Transit Association Bus and Paratransit conference in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 7th. This will complement the workshop held at the Rail-Volution conference in November. Visit http://www.apta.com/conferences_calendar/bus/. Thunderhead builds capacity and spreads the word The head of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, Ty Polastri, will be using the complete streets power-point in a presentation this week at the DOT-sponsored Nevada Bicycle and Pedestrian Conference on the need for complete streets policies. For more information: http://www.nevadadot.com/news/releases/release.asp?id=86&user=5&year= Dominic Libertore, the Thunderhead Alliance Complete Streets Coach, visited the Nevada group in January to help them develop a Complete the Streets campaign. Next, Dominic travels to Omaha, Nebraska at the end of April, where a group that has been working to obtain the League of American Bicyclists‘ Bicycle Friendly Communities status is interested in launching a statewide complete streets effort. http://www.thunderheadalliance.org/completestreets.htm Urban Street Symposium to feature complete streets The Transportation Research Board‘s 3rd Urban Street Symposium (June 24-27 in Seattle) will offer much to complete streets practitioners, including a half-day complete streets workshop with a field trip and many sessions on issues that relate to balancing users‘ needs. The theme of the symposium is ―Uptown, Downtown, or Small Town: Designing Urban Streets That Work.‖ For more information, visit http://www.urbanstreet.info. COMPLETE STREETS NEWS San Francisco kicks off Better Streets Plan The City of San Francisco kicked off their Better Streets Plan process last week to implement their Transit First and Better Streets Policies. The plan ―promotes a balance between all the functions of a street, and puts people and quality of place first.‖ The city will be holding public meetings throughout the month. More information can be found at www.sfbetterstreets.org. Disabled Californians sue Caltrans over incomplete streets Two disabled Californians and disability groups are suing the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), claiming the agency is creating streets that are barriers to people with disabilities. Ben Rockwell, who uses a wheelchair, and Dmitri Belser, who has a vision impairment, say they must cope with inadequate or inaccessible curb cuts, broken pavement, obstacles on the sidewalk and many other hazards on California‘s streets. The class action lawsuit, filed in Federal District Court, says Caltrans is violating state and federal laws by installing sidewalks with obstacles and without basic safeguards such as curb cuts; installing inaccessible ‗park and ride‘ facilities; and failing to provide accessible routes around construction sites, as well as other violations. AARP has filed a friend of the court brief and the AARP Foundation is providing legal help to Californians for Disability Rights and the California Council of the Blind. For more information, including a fact sheet on the case, visit http://www.dralegal.org/cases/public_entities/CDR_v.Caltrans.php. Rapid development in North Carolina leads planning director to call for complete streets The N.C. 54 corridor that connects Chapel Hill to Durham will see an explosion of development in the near future. Frank Duke, Durham City/County Planning Director, and Ed Harrison, Chapel Hill Councilman, have the foresight to call for a study of the corridor to develop ―a coordinated transit-supportive and use pattern in conjunction with complete streets.‖ Read more here: http://www.heraldsun.com/durham/4-834893.cfm University of Illinois working to make streets safer and more convenient The University and surrounding cities plan to develop a bicycle master plan and create complete streets as a result of recommendations from a Campus Area Transportation Study. Pam Voltik, director of campus services, described their plan, ―complete streets try to incorporate all modes of transportation in a safe way.‖ Read more here: http://www.news.uiuc.edu/ii/07/0405/traffic.html Funding cuts threaten Transportation Enhancements program Federal budget cuts are requiring states to give back transportation dollars, and many states are targeting funds set aside for non-motorized users. The Transportation Enhancements program has been slashed by as much as 75 percent in some states. This program is the largest funding source for walking and bicycling facilities. To find out how to take action to make sure this program is not unfairly targeted visit our coalition partners‘ websites. League of American Bicyclists: www.bikeleague.org Rails to Trails Conservancy: https://secure2.convio.net/rtt/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=108 An exciting new vision for Peachtree Street Atlanta, GA Mayor Shirley Franklin has big ideas for Atlanta‘s signature road, Peachtree Street, including a streetcar line, bicycle lanes, and improving sidewalks. You can view photos illustrating the amazing transformation and potential for the street here: http://lpe.ajc.com/gallery/view/metro/0307/0323streetcar/. An overview of the plan is also available: http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/extra/0326peachtreegraphic.html. Read the article here: https://www.ajc.com/news/content/metro/atlanta/stories/2007/03/26/0326peachtree.html Media Roundup There has been a flurry of articles in the past month on pedestrian safety, transit use, and other complete streets related topics. We’ve included a few below that we found particularly interesting. USA Today reports that pedestrian safety is becoming a priority in major cities including New York and Washington, DC as more people try to live healthier lifestyles by walking more. http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-26-pedestrian-deaths_N.htm High gas prices and congestion coupled with expanded bus and train service encouraged more people to ride transit in 2006 than the previous 5 decades. http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2007-03-12-transit-4-usat_n.htm Advocates are raising awareness around the country for the need for better streets and walkable communities. http://www.latimes.com/features/health/fitness/la-he- walkingcity1mar12,1,1999826.story?coll=la-health-fitness-news&ctrack=1&cset=true Columnist Roger Lewis explains Universal Design – it sounds a lot like complete streets! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp- dyn/content/article/2007/03/16/AR2007031600885.html?referrer=emailarticle The Executive Director of Walk/Bike Nashville challenges the city to continue its efforts to create a bicycle-friendly community and to go one step further to complete the streets. http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070404/OPINION01/7040404 51/1008 RESOURCES Benefits Fact Sheets—NOW AVAILABLE! You can find our brand-new fact sheets on the benefits of complete streets at http://www.completestreets.org/benefits.html. Find out how complete streets: Improve Mobility for Disabled Americans, Promote Good Health, Help Keep Kids Safe, and Improve Mobility for Older Americans. Fact sheets on even more of the seemingly endless benefits of complete streets are coming soon. Even more Frequently Asked Questions We took the great questions people asked during the American Planning Association web seminar on complete streets and created a new resource for FAQs that goes beyond the basics and addresses implementation issues. See it at http://www.completestreets.org/morefaq.html. You can also view the APA seminar questions here; the full web seminar will soon be available for sale at the APA bookstore. http://www.planning.org/audioconference/cstreets/answers.htm Are you a member of America Walks? Read their draft position statement on complete streets and follow their advice…join the National Complete Streets Coalition! http://www.americawalks.org/pdf/complete%20streets.pdf http://www.completestreets.org/getinvolved.html Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership seeks local partners The State Network project will provide $12,000 annually to organizations in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia and the District of Columbia. To find out more about the State Network Project and to apply, click here: http://bikesbelong.org/page.cfm?PageID=400. COMPLETE STREETS QUOTES "We need to design our streets for everybody out there, not just motorists. All these things are coming together to create momentum for making our streets safer places for people to walk." --Stephen Vance, Senior Regional Planner for the San Diego Association of Governments in USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-03-26-pedestrian-deaths_N.htm SUBSCRIBING Please pass this newsletter on to others who may be interested. New subscribers can sign up at the ‗get involved‘ tab on www.completestreets.org, or by emailing email@example.com with ‗SUBSCRIBE‘ in the subject line. You can also unsubscribe by sending a message to the same address with ‗UNSUBSCRIBE‘ in the subject line.