New Grading Framework for Complete Streets Policy Introduced

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Posted: Tuesday, December 5, 2017 4:17 pm | Updated: 10:32 am, Wed Dec 6, 2017.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- To conclude Complete Streets month at Smart Growth America, they have published the brand new policy grading framework and scoring methodology. These changes come after their Steering committee voted to approve the framework in 2017. For months a group of national stakeholders, consisting of engineers, planners, researchers, and advocates, worked to revise the policy elements and truly raise the bar for what Complete Streets look like in practice. So it is only right that they spent the past month highlighting each of these revised elements and gaining a deeper understanding of the essence of Complete Streets moving forward.

Beginning in 2018, this revised policy grading framework will be used to analyze and rank Complete Streets policies.

Why change the policy framework at all?

In 2016, National Complete Streets Coalition adopted a strategic plan that called for increased implementation and equity in Complete Streets policies and practices. When grading the policies, they realized the ideal elements did not match the current realities and transportation needs in communities. Policies are the first step to safe, accessible, convenient streets for everyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, income, physical ability or how they choose to travel. The framework that was released includes more requirements and steps to implement Complete Streets to be considered an ideal policy.

SOURCE: Smart Growth America

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