Complete Streets Could Be Coming To Austin

Austin City Council Members will vote June 12 on whether or not to adopt and implement a Complete Streets policy. So what does that mean for you, Austin commuters?

-1The policy seeks to “serve all users and modes. The City of Austin commits to design, operate and maintain the community’s streets and right of way so as to promote safe, comfortable and convenient access and travel for people of all ages and abilities.”

Adopting the Complete Streets Policy would mean shifting the perception that roads are only for cars, and instead design improvements that support safe and convenient mobility for all roadway users, from pedestrians and cyclists to transit riders and motorists.

News came out recently that Austin ranks among the least-safe cities for pedestrians in the country; Complete Streets could help turn that around. This represents a big shift in transportation best practices. For many reasons, the City is recognizing it cannot or will not be able to build enough transportation for everyone to drive alone. Instead it is seeking to provide more options, and make them more attractive than sitting in traffic. The most effective way to reduce traffic is by reducing the number of people driving alone. This same solution also provides individuals with all kinds of health, financial and other benefits while boosting the overall well being of the city.

 

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