“Complete street design features are roadway design features that accommodate and facilitate convenient access and mobility by all users, including current and projected users, particularly pedestrians, bicyclists and individuals of all ages and abilities” – New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Where are Complete Street design’s required?
Any transportation initiative that receives federal or state funding must adhere to the complete streets act. Exceptions include:
*Not required for roads, like interstate highways, where use by pedestrians and bicyclists is prohibited;
*Where cost is disproportionate to need, based on land use context, traffic volumes, and population density
*Demonstrated lack of need, based on the above factors; or lack of community support;
*Design features would have an adverse impact on public safety.
What makes a Complete Street complete?
*Narrower travel lanes for slower vehicle speeds. (Road Diets)
*ADA compliant sidewalks and regulations for shared right-of-way
*Intersections that accommodate pedestrians through crosswalks, pedestrian signals, curb ramps, locator tones and safely designed
*Bicycle lanes or wide paved shoulders,including “sharrows” or pavement markings.
*Transit accommodations including special bus lanes or bus pull-outs, and comfortable and accessible transit stops. Bus stops should have shelters, and must be designed so the bus driver can deploy the wheelchair lift or ramp.
*Landscape elements that help curb stormwater runoff and improve the pedestrian experience such as bioswales, planters, rain gardens and street trees, pedestrians islands and curb extensions.
Who has embraced the complete streets requirements?
Many downstate and upstate New York communities of varying sizes have created resolutions to adopt complete street polices including the
Considering the user’s safety, experience, environmental and accessibility requirements is key to creating a sustainable, complete street. Kudos to Gov. Cuomo for supporting smart design in New York State and also to the Auburn City Council on their recent adoption of the policies.