By Barbara McCann
Around the kingdom, groups are embracing a brand new and more secure method to construct streets for everyone—even as they fight to alter a long time of principles, perform, and politics that prioritize vehicles. they've got came across that altering the layout of a unmarried road isn't really sufficient: they need to upend the best way transportation organizations function. finishing Our Streets starts with the tale of the way the entire streets stream united bicycle riders, transportation practitioners and enterprises, public well-being leaders, older americans, and shrewdpermanent development advocates to dramatically re-frame the dialogue of transportation security. subsequent, it explores why the transportation box has been so proof against change—and how the circulate has damaged via to create a brand new multi-modal process. In finishing Our Streets, Barbara McCann, founding father of the nationwide whole Streets Coalition, explains that the circulate isn't really approximately road layout. as an alternative, practitioners and activists have replaced the way in which initiatives are outfitted by means of targeting 3 suggestions: reframe the dialog construct a huge base of political aid and supply a transparent route to a multi-modal approach. McCann stocks tales of practitioners in towns and cities from Charlotte, North Carolina to Colorado Springs, Colorado who've embraced those recommendations to essentially swap the way in which transportation tasks are selected, deliberate, and equipped. the entire streets move is predicated round an easy suggestion: streets will be secure for individuals of every age and skills, whether or not they are strolling, using, bicycling, or taking the bus. finishing Our Streets offers practitioners and activists the thoughts, instruments, and notion had to translate this concept into actual and lasting switch of their groups.
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But while ISTEA made changes to transportation funding that allowed a more multimodal approach, it didn’t require any change in the systems created to deliver new roads or to maintain old ones. Most states 12 COMPLETING OUR STREETS were able to add new programs without disturbing decades of tradition and practice that treated highways, public transit, and nonmotorized transportation as entirely separate programs. The bill was reauthorized twice more under the same basic recipe: a bigger pie, but with the same flavor.
Cities using a complete streets approach are seeing lower crash numbers on specific streets as well as citywide. Seattle installed new crossings and bus plazas and redesigned busy Aurora Avenue; total crashes dropped by 21 percent. 16 The city reports a 37 percent reduction in traffic fatalities in the last decade, with deaths in 2009 dropping to their lowest level in a century. Note that most of these statistics indicate safety improvements are in store for all traffic crashes—not just for people on foot and bicycle.
In August 2012, HDOT officials said internal implementation meetings were beginning to take place—well more than three years after passage of the law. It is clear that the leadership in HDOT did not buy into complete streets and that continued project delivery was more important. ” I suspect that the task force’s emphasis on looking at specific design treatments only raised HDOT’s hackles further, by stepping directly into the engineers’ area of expertise. Hawaii’s experience is not unique; all across the country, complete streets policies end up lying dormant.