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10801Fwd: [karmayog] Concept of Complete Streets in USA

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  • Thiagarajan Arunachalam
    Jan 3, 2014

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      From: karmayog.org


      Many communities in USA cities were not designed to make it easy for residents to walk, bicycle or use public transportation. The streets may be too wide for safe crossing, or a lack of sidewalks may inhibit a walk to the store or transit stop. Now, states are embracing ”complete streets,” which entails planning, designing, constructing, maintaining and operating transportation projects and systems, keeping in mind the needs of all users—motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit passengers—regardless of age and ability. 

      'Complete streets' are especially important for vulnerable users such as children, older adults and the disabled. 

      At the federal level, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a policy statement on bicycle and pedestrian accommodations in March 2010. It states that, “The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling provide—including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life —transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond minimum standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes.” It encourages states to adopt similar policies, which many states already have done.