Complete streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design roadways with all users in mind (e.g., pedestrians, bicyclists, older people, children, people with disabilities, motorists, and transit riders). There are many ways to implement Complete Streets policies. Alta works to integrate Complete Streets methodology into our plans and can help a city develop a Complete Streets policy of its own. Concepts and elements include:
- Specifying that "all users" includes pedestrians, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, and motorists, of all ages and abilities.
- Aiming to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected network.
- Recognizing the need for flexibility: that all streets are different and user needs will be balanced.
- Adoptable by all agencies to cover all roads.
- Applicable to both new and retrofit projects, including design, planning, maintenance, and operations, for the entire right-of-way.
- Making any exceptions specific and setting a clear procedure that requires high-level approval of exceptions.
- Directing the use of the latest and best design standards.
- Directing that Complete Streets solutions fit in with context of the community.
- Establishing performance standards with measurable outcomes.
Once a policy is in place, Alta can provide training for professionals whose work will be affected by the policy (e.g., planners and engineers).
Learn more about the Complete Streets and the Complete Streets Coalition at completestreets.org
Imbler and Burns Main Street Improvement Plans
In 2007, with the assistance of ODOT, the towns of Imbler and Burns, Oregon sought expansion through an asthetically enhanced downtown and pedestrian-friendly design.
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