The Lancaster County Planning Commission, Lighten Up Lancaster, and the Coalition for Smart Growth sponsored a workshop on May 25, 2017 entitled “Advancing a Complete Streets Agenda.” The workshop was directed towards municipalities that have passed a Complete Streets Resolution or expressed a strong interest in moving forward with implementation of complete streets. This is a brief report on the workshop.
Series of fact sheets highlighting the numerous benefits of complete streets.
The Bridge to River Conceptual Bicycle Network Analysis was created by Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission staff in collaboration with the City of Philadelphia. The plan includes a comprehensive analysis of existing conditions between the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River in Philadelphia and offers conceptual designs that identify opportunities to improve bicycle connections and safety in the area.
Recent trends have indicated that Chester County’s population will grow an additional 146,344 people by 2045, and much of which will occur in urban and suburban areas. Development options such as transit-oriented development can guide population growth and encourage development in the county’s growth areas, while helping to preserve the county’s open space. Many centers within the region are building compact walkable development, such as TOD, to accommodate both Millennials and Baby Boomers.
This draft section of the Burlington Transportation Plan provides design guidance for the city’s streets. The design guidelines address including all transportation modes and are described by street type.
Comprehensive guide about adopting a complete streets policy, elements of a successful policy, managing a complete streets program, and funding.
A 10-step checklist to help municipalities implement a complete streets program.
Recognizing the essential relationship between land use, urban form, and transportation decisions, in 2006 the Town of Mooresville, NC initiated three major planning projects: Comprehensive Land Use Plan, a Comprehensive Transportation Plan, and an update of its Zoning Ordinance. Following a suggestion by the Federal Highway Administration, the Town decided to incorporate scenario planning to better link the three planning processes.
Comprehensive manual on context-sensitive transportation design (CSD). It highlights the latest research and development information regarding best practices and outlines policy guidelines and procedures for communication strategies, design flexibility, environmental sensitivity, and stakeholder involvement. It also includes case studies of projects that demonstrate good CSD practices.
Curbless streets, shared space, flex space, and woonerven (or the singular, woonerf) stem from a concept in which typically narrow streets with low vehicle volumes are designed without a curb and with high-quality streetscape materials, enabling the street to function like a plaza or a paved yard. This report summarizes the traits common to curbless streets in peer cities within the United States, the benefits of their use and special considerations, and offers suggestions on selecting potential sites and design tools for use within candidate streets.
Between 2008 and 2017, drivers struck and killed 49,340 people who were walking on streets all across the United States. That’s more than 13 people per day, or one person every hour and 46 minutes. It’s the equivalent of a jumbo jet full of people crashing—with no survivors—every single month. Dangerous by Design 2019 takes a closer look at this alarming epidemic and highlights how the complete streets design approach can significantly reduce these fatalities.
Regardless of a policy’s form, the National Complete Streets Coalition has identified ten elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy, as discussed below. For examples of strong policy language, see our current Policy Analysis report:
Borough of Elizabethtown (PA) resolution adopting a complete streets policy.
Series of short guides that describe the benefits of green streets and parking lots, and explore tools such as permeable pavement, rain gardens, and more.
This report demonstrates that transportation policy is, in effect, health policy—and environmental policy, food policy, employment policy, and metropolitan development policy, each of which bears on health independently and in concert with the others.
This study used best practices from the National Association of City Transportation Officials, Portland State University, and Portland Bureau of Transportation to develop a two-part geographic information system methodology that identified suitable streets to build neighborhood greenways in each of Philadelphia’s 10 city council districts. Neighborhood greenways are low-volume, low-stress streets that prioritize bicycle and pedestrian travel over vehicles.
This handbook is intended as a resource for Pennsylvania’s county and municipal leaders who seek practical guidance in better integrating land use and transportation in their comprehensive plan efforts.
Comprehensive guidebook about planning for and implementing complete streets.
Design guidelines for streets and sidewalks in Minneapolis (MN).
Model resolution establishing a municipal complete-streets program, as well as a model complete-streets policy.
The Burlington Transportation Plan is a multi-modal transportation improvement plan that provides a comprehensive and coordinated list of roadway, transit, bicycle and pedestrian facility, streetscape and land use recommendations for implementation that satisfy the overall vision of the City developed in the Burlington Municipal Development Plan and the Burlington Legacy Project.
This report provides information about recommended practices and ordinances that enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety and accommodations. Encouragement and safety campaigns are also highlighted.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) introduced the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative (PCTI) in 2009. An evaluation of the Round 1 PCTI projects was initiated by PennDOT in spring 2012 to identify successes and challenges in the implementation of each project and summarize the lessons learned. A publication of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PUB 738 [09-12])
This comprehensive 114-page handbook covers traffic-calming topics including legal issues, study and approval processes, and design guidelines. It also addresses signage and pavement markings in addition to designs for new street construction and reconstructed streets.
Street planning and design guidelines for Phoenix (AZ).
Report on a national peer exchange focused on incorporating environmental justice into transportation planning.
Thorough guide explains the benefits of road diets and details their design and implementation.
Route 41 passes through or near nine communities that contain extensive prime farmland, currently threatened by development. This report summarizes what is known about the relationship between roadway improvements and land use changes and identifies some of the tools and resources that can be used to influence land use changes resulting from rural roadway improvements.
Short guide discusses the multiple benefits of planting shade trees in parking areas.
This report describes Shifting Gears, a three-step process that included inventories of regional bicycle facilities, outreach to stakeholders, and an online survey. Included are descriptions of each of the various components of the program, a set of proposed priority locations based on the inventories and outreach sessions, and survey findings.
This guide discusses smart transportation principals that address the planning and design of streets in a sustainable manner. It stresses linking transportation and land-use planning and is intended for agencies, local governments, and developers. It includes roadway and roadside guidelines.
Guide focused on smart transportation planning in Lancaster County, including roads, bridges, mixed-use development, pedestrian/bicycle infrastructure, and public transportation.
Good street and sidewalk design improves public safety, accommodates a variety of users, reduces environmental impacts, and enhances community character. (Print version of ConservationTools.org guide)
Connectivity is an analysis of the number and variety of connections serving origins such as residential neighborhoods and destinations like schools and shopping areas. Connectivity relates to the number of intersections along a segment of streets and how the entire area is connected to the system. Good street connectivity means providing a variety of ways to get from Point A to B, from using the car to walking. The recommendations in this report are geared toward improving the efficiency of mobility (i.e. ease of movement) and accessibility (i.e. the ability to go from an origin to a desired destination). The benefits of better connectivity go beyond improved mobility and accessibility and can include less traffic congestion, safer streets, municipal cost savings in the provision of services, and reduced need to improve arterial streets.
This study evaluated road diets at several locations in California and Washington.
Outline of how Greater Philadelphia's transportation network could become more sustainable through technology, pricing, and design. The guide identifies actions for businesses, neighborhoods, governments, and individuals.
These design guidelines for mixed-use centers and residential areas provide design guidance for city streets in Tacoma (WA).
This report provides an overview of context-sensitive solutions (CSS) and their application throughout the DVRPC region. CSS is an approach to roadway planning in which transportation facilities complement the local context and accommodate all users. Section One discusses CSS techniques, including traffic calming, and highlights a series of local and international examples. Section Two summarizes DVRPC's Taming Traffic Program. Between 2005 and 2010, DVRPC conducted studies of 10 locations throughout the region, recommending a variety of CSS strategies.
Ranking of communities with the best complete streets policies, profiles of five leading communities, and a detailed explanation of the grading framework, and sample policy language.
This guidebook provides background on the changing priorities in transportation performance management, how some transportation agencies are already incorporating measures of access into their programs, and discusses the data and tools available to support measuring it.
Traffic-calming incorporates a variety of design and management strategies in local streetscapes to control volume and speed of traffic for the safety of both motorists and non-motorists.
Two short guides explaining various methods to calm traffic and make streetscapes more pedestrian friendly.