Posted July 20,2015, updated July 29,2015
Complete Streets and Us
by Bonnie Ida, Space Coast Progressive Alliance
We have been hearing a lot about Smart Growth and Complete Streets lately. Even one of the young speakers at the July meeting of SCPA (Young People and Their Concerns) referred to Complete Streets as one of the societal requirements of the Millennial Generation. It means acknowledging that the needs of all sectors of the population must be met in the planning of a transportation system. Highway engineers, whose goal has been to implement efficiency in automobile travel, are to join advocates for pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit in reimagining streets where people live, work and do business with health, safety and a thriving community in mind.
From Smart Growth America:
'A nationwide movement launched by the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2004, Complete Streets integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.'
Here is the latest news coming from the National Complete Streets Coalition:
It lists actions we can participate in, including a July 30 webinar by the National Center on Senior Transportation focusing on community initiatives to design streets that are safer for older adults.
Last year, Brevard County actually attended an East Central Florida workshop on land development to learn how to mitigate climate change through its Complete Streets design.
We need to insure that federal legislation clearly supports its implementation.
You will have an opportunity to learn about the status of our community in this encouraging movement at the Oct. 1 meeting of SCPA. Watch this space.