April 10, 2012

Is your street complete?

Streets are important aspects of every neighbourhood, connecting people to the places they need to go. Yet more often than not, they are designed primarily for automobiles—ignoring pedestrians, cyclists and public transit riders and vehicles.

Communities across North America are now looking to “complete” the streets, by making them safer and more accessible for every user.

At the forefront of this movement is the National Complete Streets Coalition, which encourages transportation planners and engineers to adopt policies that will help design and operate roadways with all users in mind. An example of this would be a street with bike lanes, sidewalks, bus lanes, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands and more.

Kristen Morith of the BA Group shares her vision of a “complete street sandwich” in this video below:

On April 23, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) is hosting the Complete Streets Forum at Evergreen Brick Works, with a focus on creating transportation infrastructure that meets the needs and interests of all road users. Registration for the forum is now full, but you can check out the forum website for results and more information on the Complete Streets model of transportation. 

Before and after the Complete Streets policy is in place. Prospect Park in Brooklyn, before and after the Compele Street transformation. 

Complete Streets are one of many innovative answers to the key mobility issues facing us today, in Toronto and in cities around the world.

From July 1 to October 31, Evergreen, in partnership with the Institute without Boundaries, will be hosting MOVE: The Transportation Expo, to tackle these very issues, and to explore the past, present and future of transportation.


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