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					Complete Streets News – June 2011


U.S. Senators Introduce Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011
Caltrans Releases Draft Complete Streets Design Manual Revisions
Take Action, New York State!
Quick Takes: Policy Action
Quick Takes: New Policies

We Did It – and We Keep Doing More
Include Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School in your Community Transformation Grant
Welcome New Complete Streets Partners!

NPR Spotlight on Complete Streets
Pedestrian Safety Report Emphasizes Need for Complete Streets Policies
"Safe for All" in San Diego
Fifteen Percent of World's Population Has a Disability
“Vision Zero” for New York City

Report: Older Adults Need Transportation Options
Dangerous by Design 2011
More Roads = More Traffic
More Sidewalks = Less Traffic
Health & Transportation Toolkit
Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures
Materials on Livable Communities and Disabilities Available
Webinar: Creating Healthy Communities Through Design
Evaluations of Innovative Bicycle Facilities


U.S. Senators Introduce Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011
Coalition members praised the members of the U.S. Senate who introduced the Safe and
Complete Streets Act of 2011, S. 1056, in late May. Led by Senator Tom Harkin (IA), the group of
Senators (now totaling 14) is committed to safer streets that promote healthy living – a “double
win for our communities,” according to Harkin. Most of the current sponsors sit on the
Environment and Public Works or Commerce Committees, two committees that will be writing
pieces of the pending federal transportation authorization. With strong Senate support, we
expect to see a Complete Streets policy written into the Senate transportation authorization

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A recent report from the Livable Communities Task Force in the U.S. House highlights more of
the great support Complete Streets has on Capitol Hill. “Freedom from Oil: Policy Solutions
from the Livable Communities Task Force” outlines a multi-pronged approach to reducing oil
dependence, specifically recommending Complete Streets policies.

With both the House and Senate drafting transportation bills, we need you to let your members
of Congress know Complete Streets are important to you. Please take time to thank your
representatives for their support or request that they co-sponsor S. 1056 and H.R. 1780.
Scheduling a meeting with the office in your district or making a call are both effective ways to
ensure that the streets designed tomorrow are safe for everyone.

Caltrans Releases Draft Complete Streets Design Manual Revisions
Proposed revisions to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) Highway Design
Manual will support the Department's efforts to improve safety, access, and mobility for all
travelers and ensure the California State highway system becomes a network of Complete
Streets. “The revision of the Highway Design Manual is essential because of its influence on the
Department’s project development process and it is one of many actions being taken to
implement Complete Streets, increase travel options, and improve mobility throughout the
State of California,” said Martin Tuttle, Caltrans Deputy Director, Planning and Modal Programs.
A review and comment period on the revisions extends through 5 p.m. (PDT) Friday, July 8,
2011. Caltrans updated its Complete Streets policy in 2008; changes to its design guidance is a
key step to full implementation of the policy.

Take Action, New York State!
With the legislative session winding down in just a few short weeks, a Complete Streets law
may, once again, go unrealized. In mid-May, State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick),
Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, and Senator Martin Dilan (D-Brooklyn), the
committee’s ranking minority member, introduced S.5411. This bill, an amended version of an
earlier draft, has drawn support from more than 60 groups across the state, including AARP
New York, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the New York State County Highway
Superintendents Association, the New York State Association of Town Superintendents of
Highways, Inc., and the New York State Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Alliance. While this

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broad base of support is well heeded by the Senate, a companion bill has yet to be introduced
in the Assembly. Without the strong support from Assembly members - and soon - New Yorkers
will continue to wait for safer streets. If you live in the Empire State, take action today and ask
your assemblyman to stand up for Complete Streets.

Quick Takes: Policy Action
    Honolulu, HI: Community members took to the streets in support of a more inclusive
       street design on Waialae Avenue. Scheduled for repaving this season, community
       members feel that now is the best, and most cost-effective, time to include bike lanes.
       The project currently calls for shared-lane markings. Honolulu residents overwhelming
       supported a change to city charter in 2006 that directed pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly
       activities. (KITV 4
    Des Moines, IA: Taking the next steps in implementing its Complete Streets policy, the
       City is considering a road diet on Hubbell Avenue. Such activities have helped the
       community be recognized as “bicycle friendly” by the League of American Bicyclists.
       (Des Moines Register

Quick Takes: New Policies
    Mobile, AL: Alabama's third most populous city will now take into account the need of
       pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation riders, and motorized vehicles in the
       construction and reconstruction of its roadways, thanks to a new resolution adopted by
       City Council. Consistently one of the worst locales in the state for pedestrian safety,
       Mobilians can thank the tireless efforts of local non-profit Smart Coast in building the
       broad base of supporters necessary for the resolution's adoption and eventual
       improvements to roadway safety.
    Brevard County, FL: The Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization adopted a
       resolution on May 12, committing itself to supporting Complete Streets in the region
       through new project guidelines and support for localities also adopting policies. Several
       local governments stepped up right away to adopt their own Complete Streets policies,
       including Cape Canaveral, Palm Bay, and Rockledge. The TPO has already committed
       funding to support the efforts and has received a number of project proposals from
       local jurisdictions.

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      Clarkston, GA: Clarkston joined the growing number of Metro Atlanta communities
       working toward Complete Streets when the City Council approved a resolution
       supporting inclusion of all users in the planning and design of the community’s
       transportation network.
      Owosso, MI: On June 6, the Owosso City Council approved a Complete Streets
       resolution. The city, which is approximately 30 miles northwest of Lansing, hopes the
       new resolution will improve coordination between the community and the Michigan
       Department of Transportation. (Owosso Argus-Press http://www.argus-
      Independence, MO: In a unanimous decision, the City Council of Independence
       approved a new resolution directing the inclusion of all users in the construction and
       reconstruction of roadways under the city’s jurisdiction, or those to be dedicated to the
       city. The fourth-largest city in Missouri, Independence joins over two dozen other
       Missouri communities with policies.
      New Hope, MN: With a unanimous vote, the New Hope City Council adopted a
       comprehensive Complete Streets policy on May 23. The new policy, which follows up on
       a resolution adopted in January, offers details on its implementation, including
       performance measures and community input. New Hope, population 20,000, is one of
       several communities in the Twin Cities metro area to have a Complete Streets policy.,
      Rochester, MN: The Rochester-Olmsted Council of Governments, the official body
       charged with guiding transportation planning and policy in the region, adopted a
       resolution on Complete Streets in late May. The policy will guide regional planning
       efforts and commits the COG to work with localities in implementing Complete Streets
      St. Cloud, MN: The St. Cloud Area Planning Organization, which coordinates
       transportation planning and funding for the metro area, recently adopted a resolution
       of support for Complete Streets.
      Jersey City, NJ: On May 25, Jersey City becomes the largest locality in the state to adopt
       a Complete Streets policy. With a 9 to 0 vote, the City Council approved a resolution to
       more fully integrate the needs of all users into its public street projects. (Jersey City
      Ridgewood, NJ: Council members voted in support of a Complete Streets resolution on
       June 8. “I think it's a great project. It has all positives and no negatives,” enthused

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       Mayor Keith Killion. (Ridgewood News

We Did It – and We Keep Doing More
At the end of April, we began a small campaign to raise $20,000 by the end of our fiscal year,
June 30, so that the Coalition could continue all activities you read about in this newsletter.
There are still two weeks left in June and thanks to our supporters, we have already reached
our goal! Special thanks to Parsons for joining at the Platinum level, to the American Public
Transportation Association for increasing their support, and to the individual donors who
stepped up to put us over the top.

While reaching this interim goal means a lot in terms of our ability to sustain our current level
of activity, we have a vision of growth for the next fiscal year as we work to meet a growing
demand. Communities want help in adopting complete streets policies, and we want to develop
a project to ensure that implementation follows – and change happens on the ground. Please
consider a donation to help give us a jump start in the new fiscal year.

Include Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School in your Community Transformation Grant
The just-announced Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program from CDC is the
centerpiece of the new health care law’s prevention program – and it can help communities get
complete streets. Communities from Texas to Illinois and Pennsylvania to California are
including healthy, active transportation activities in their Community Transformation Grant
(CTG) applications — and technical assistance from the National Complete Streets Coalition and
the Safe Routes to School National Partnership can help them achieve their goals in Strategic
Direction 2, Active Living and Healthy Eating, and in Strategic Direction 5, Healthy and Safe
Physical Environment. Both groups are already working with communities funded under the
Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program; the National Complete Streets
Coalition’s assistance details can be found here, and the Safe Routes to School National
Partnership's assistance activities can be found here. For additional CTG resources, and how to
reach each organization, check out our blog post.

Welcome New Complete Streets Partners!
Founded in 1894, Freese and Nichols, Inc. (FNI) is a professional consulting firm and an
established champion of innovation and sustainability in urban and transportation planning
projects. On joining the Coalition, FNI Principal and Transportation/Infrastructure Group

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Manager Tricia Hatley, P.E., LEED AP said “FNI strongly believes in designing urban and
transportation planning projects with the intent to accommodate all users when possible, and
we are excited to further demonstrate our commitment to that belief.” FNI has implemented
Complete Streets ideals in recent projects such as the Merritt Road and Main Street projects for
the City of Rowlett, Texas.

The National Complete Streets Coalition is pleased to welcome the Local Government
Commission (LGC) as one of our new Bronze Partners. The LGC is a nonprofit, nonpartisan
organization of local government officials based in Sacramento, CA that has been working on
creating more walkable, livable, healthy communities since 1991. They facilitate workshops and
design charrettes to help create more Complete Streets.

NPR Spotlight on Complete Streets
In a piece aired on Morning Edition, NPR correspondent Jennifer Ludden ties the impending
‘age wave’ to the need for safer, complete streets for people of all ages and abilities, regardless
of how they choose to travel. In interviews with the Coalition’s Executive Director, Barbara
McCann, and AARP’s Director of Livable Communities, Elinor Ginzler, the story highlights the
difficulties of simply crossing a street by foot as well as the growing swell of interest in
Complete Streets solutions.

Pedestrian Safety Report Emphasizes Need for Complete Streets Policies
Dangerous by Design 2011, a new report examining pedestrian safety in major metro areas,
report finds that two-thirds of all pedestrian fatalities in the last 10 years occurred on roads
eligible for federal improvement funds, and more than half take place along arterial roadways
designed primarily for speeding traffic. An accompanying interactive map documents the
47,000 preventable pedestrian deaths that occurred over the last decade. Children, older
adults, and racial and ethnic minorities are disproportionately represented among those struck
while walking. The report also highlights the disparity in funding for safety improvements:
though pedestrians represent 12% of all traffic deaths, states spend just 1.5% of their federal
funds on projects that would specifically improve safety for those on foot. Transportation for
America, who released the report, recommends that the next national transportation bill
include a Complete Streets policy.

“Vision Zero” for New York City
A new report reveals the extensive health and safety consequences of the city's traffic crashes,
which claim the life of one New Yorker every 35 hours. Issued by the Drum Major Institute for
Public Policy and Transportation Alternatives, the report launches a new "Vision Zero"

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campaign to educate New Yorkers and policymakers on the dangers, build consensus around a
citywide vision for safety, and momentum for creating on-the-ground changes in street design
that will create safer environments for all.

“Safe for All” in San Diego
WalkSanDiego, a community-based non-profit, released has released "Safe for All: 2011 Street
Design Benchmark Study for the San Diego Region," a report on national best practices and
Complete Streets activities in the San Diego region – including local design guidance, use of
pilot projects, and changes to project prioritization. The report makes seven recommendations
for local jurisdictions, including using the latest and best in design guidance, undertaking a
comprehensive assessment of potential road diets, integration of pedestrian, bicycle, and
disabilities planning into 5-year action plans, and adoption of comprehensive Complete Streets
ordinances. The report also proposes activities to be taken at the regional level to support
Complete Streets.

Fifteen Percent of World's Population Has a Disability
A new report prepared jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank finds that
some 785 million people have a significant physical or mental disability, including about 5
percent of children. Researchers point out that even simple fixes like curb cuts - a common
feature in complete streets - will help spur more equitable, prosperous societies.

Report: Older Adults Need Transportation Options
Transportation for America has just released a report that details a growing transportation gap:
by 2015, 15.5 million seniors will live in communities without decent public transportation
options - and that number will grow rapidly as the baby boom generation “ages in place” in
communities with few mobility options. The report finds that seniors in the Atlanta region are
in the worst shape, where 90% of them have poor or nonexistent transit service. Public
transportation is an essential part of any Complete Streets network, enabling older adults who
no longer wish to drive maintain their mobility and indpendence. The report’s
recommendations include a federal Complete Streets policy.

Dangerous by Design 2011

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This national report on pedestrian safety offers new statistics on the epidemic of pedestrian
death and injury, rankings of metro areas, detailed state-level fact sheets, an interactive map,
and solid text on how Complete Streets can help.

More Roads = More Traffic
Researchers Gilles Duranton and Matthew A. Turner analyzed federal data for 228 metropolitan
areas, travel surveys, and other sources and have written one of the most comprehensive
assessments to date on "induced demand" -- the phenomenon where new miles of highway
lead to an increase in traffic. The new study, accepted in the American Economic Review, found
that all else being equal, a 10% increase in interstate mile-lanes built in 2000 led to a 10%
increase in vehicle-miles driven. Most of this new traffic was not due to new residents, but to
increased trips made by current residents and new commercial traffic.

More Sidewalks = Less Traffic
A study from the Washington State Department of Transportation looked at the impact of
various community design strategies on travel and carbon emissions. Among the findings: filling
in a community's sidewalk network so that 70% of streets offer safe pedestrian space reduces
vehicular travel by 3.4% and carbon emissions by 4.9%. Other factors, such as a mix of land use
and changes in the price of parking, also reduced vehicular travel and emissions.

Health & Transportation Toolkit
The American Public Health Association (APHA) has developed a free, online toolkit to help
public health work with transportation professionals to ensure that transportation decision-
making emphasizes public health concerns. Its valuable tips on messaging will be of use to any
Complete Streets advocate.

Sustainable Transportation Performance Measures
A recent webinar on how regions and transportation agencies are using performance measures
to promote sustainability in decision-making is now available to view. The webinar address
when and how to apply performance measures, tools to support new measures, and real-world

Materials on Livable Communities and Disabilities Available
Easter Seals Project Action offers a free pocket guide to accessible pathways, which includes
concepts for communities to consider when improving transportation facilities, sidewalks, and
routes to transit. Did you miss Project Action’s course on accessibility and Complete Streets last
month? Presentations and handouts are now available for free download.

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Webinar: Creating Healthy Communities Through Design
Offered by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter, this free webinar on June 28
will explore how communities are designing for physical activity. Representatives from New
York City, Augusta, Georgia, and the Mayors' Institute on City Design will discuss strategies,
successes, and lessons learned. Register here. You might also want to check out a new NYC
Health Department report on the health benefits of active transportation to the city’s residents.

Evaluations of Innovative Bicycle Facilities
A new report evaluates some of Portland, Oregon's recent bicycle innovations: a cycle track on
SW Broadway (a seven-foot bike lane separated from automobile traffic by a row of parked cars
and a three-foot pedestrian buffer) and a couplet of buffered bike lanes (six-foot bike lanes
with two-foot painted buffers from motorized traffic). The facilities were evaluated after they
had been in place for approximately one year. Portlanders and innovators in other communities
can learn from some of the common challenges and successes of these designs.

“We've had this sad mindset from the '50s and '60s. If you plan cities for cars and traffic, you get
cars and traffic. We need to plan for people.”
– Larry Matel, engineer, Bremerton, WA

“To create healthy, sustainable communities with vibrant economies, we need to improve
safety, ease of access and attractiveness of our downtowns—especially in the most underserved
communities. Providing affordable and adequate transportation options is the key to
transportation equity and economic development in the Hudson Valley region.”
– Hudson Valley Speaks, in a memo of support for pending Complete Streets legislation

“It's very clear how to do it, we just don't do it. Getting from point A to point B is a really
daunting experience in many American cities because of such lousy pedestrian and cycling
– Dr. John Pucher, professor, Rutgers University

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