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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Are Complete Streets Incomplete? Project for Public Spaces, Placemaking Blog

If Reston wants to make its TOD areas "destinations," it needs to plan them as places where people go to, not pass through.  
Posted by: Gary Toth
“The desire to go ‘through’ a place must be balanced with the desire to go ‘to’ a place.”Pennsylvania and New Jersey DOTs’ 2007 “Smart Transportation Guide.”

The “complete streets” movement has taken the United States by storm, and has even taken root in countries such as Canada and Australia. Few movements have done so much to influence needed policy change in the transportation world. As of today, almost 300 jurisdictions around the U.S. have adopted complete streets policies or have committed to do so. This is an amazing accomplishment that sets the stage for communities to reframe their future around people instead of cars.

But communities cannot stop there. Complete streets is largely an engineering policy that, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition website, “ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind — including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.”
Getting transportation professionals to think about including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users is a key first step in creating great places and livable communities. But that is not enough to make places that truly work for people — “streets as places.” The planning process itself needs to be turned upside-down.
This illustration from Indianapolis's "Multimodal Corridor and Public Space Design Guidelines" reflects how the new wave of street policies specifies Placemaking guidance as well as how to accommodate all modes.
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1 comment:

  1. Looking at this picture reminds me of an article I read in the The Economist magazine called Calm Down, issued September 3rd which states that dying while cycling is 3 to 5 times more likely in Amerlica than Denmark, Germany or the Netherlands.


    Because we fail to calm traffic and separate bicycle traffic from automobiles.

    "nearly 6% of commuters bike to work in Portland, the highest proportion in Amerlica. But in five out of the past ten years there have been no cycling deathes there. In the nearby Seattle area, where cycling is popular but traffic calming is not, three cyclists, have been killed in the past few weeks."

    That is why I don't bike for transportation but for pleasure on the Reston Trails.


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