Thursday, April 16, 2015

Who Endorses Complete Streets Policy?

California Assembly Bill 1358

Chapter 657
An act to amend Sections 65040.2 and 65302 of the Government Code.

 A complete street is a transportation facility [roads} that  is planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility for all  users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit vehicles, truckers, and  motorists, appropriate to the function and context of the facility. Every  complete street looks different, according to its context, community  preferences, the types of road users, and their needs.

Overview  However, developing a transportation system primarily for motorized vehicular traffic has failed to meet the travel needs and preferences of large segments of the country's population.According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, established in 2005, complete streets are those designed and operated to enable safe access and travel for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, transit users, and travelers of all ages and abilities will be able to move along the street network safely.

The Enhanced Mobility and Complete Streets Transition Plan will outline a long-term vision for a city-wide transportation network that is pedestrian and bicycle friendly, reduces traffic congestion, and provides frequent and reliable transit service between home, workplace, school, recreation and shopping for residents and visitors. The plan would specifically focus on a balanced, multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, highways, sidewalks and trails, including pedestrians, bicyclists, children, persons with disabilities, seniors, movers of commercial goods and users of public transportation, as well as motorists.

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