Complete streets are the new hot thing in urbanists and planners consider the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and transit users in addition to motorists when designing roads. There’s a lot happening in this arena, and there’s finally one handy place to keep track of it all.
The Complete Streets Atlas, offered by the appropriately named National Complete Streets Coalition, maps out all of the efforts underway, from the federal and state legislation pushing the policies to the local planners implementing it. This interactive map breaks down the kinds of policy changes with a handy color code: blue for laws and ordinances, red for resolutions, yellow for tax ordinances, purple for internal policies or executive orders, magenta for plans and green for design manuals or guides.
Since the creation of the National Complete Streets Coalition, 141 communities and states have adopted such policies. Nineteen have done so in the past year alone. As shown by the map, complete streets is a trend that has moved from mere advocacy to policy and even law. The movement has grown steadily in recent years, and with a new federal policy for pedestrian friendly communities, it seems here to stay.
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