Futurewise’s Complete Streets Policy is Recognized as National and State Leader
The Complete Streets policy Futurewise helped develop for Spokane, Washington was recently recognized as one of the nation’s leading examples of safe, smart transportation policy according to a new nationwide analysis conducted by the National Complete Streets Coalition.
The National Complete Streets Coalition’s 2011 Policy Analysis analyzes over 350 Complete Streets policies that have been approved by communities across the country. The annual report, which rates every Complete Streets policy across the country on a numerical basis according to best practices criteria, highlights Spokane’s policy as the strongest in Washington State and one of the best in the nation. Additional communities in Washington with complete streets policies which ranked well include Seattle, Airway Heights, and Renton.
The number of communities adopting Complete Streets policies is reflective of changing times and attitudes about transportation. The most successful policies incorporate input from a broad group of stakeholders including transportation planners and engineers, elected officials, transit agencies, public health departments, and members of the community, to name just a few. In developing Spokane’s Complete Streets policy, Futurewise brought together in addition to these stakeholders, members of the health, education, and business communities.
More and more communities are getting behind complete streets policies to improve road safety for neighborhoods, get more feet on the street to help local businesses, and to encourage more active transportation options to improve public health. It is clear complete streets are good for the environment, good for local economies, and good for public health.
Futurewise is currently working with the City of Spokane on effective implementation of the Complete Streets policy, including working with the Community Assembly Pedestrian, Traffic & Transportation Committee to create guidelines for the engineering department to use in challenging situations and making sure that the next street bond includes funding for complete streets implementation.
To download a full copy of the 2011 Complete Streets Policy Analysis, with comparative ratings of different local policies nationwide, visit www.completestreets.org/policyanalysis.