A major part of improving White Flint includes improving its streets. The traffic is terrible, but it can be difficult to get around without using a car. We want our streets to be more inclusive of all modes of transit, including bus rapid transit (BRT), bicyclists, and pedestrians. Streets that thoughtfully include various modes of transit in a safe manner are often called “complete streets.”
Smart Growth America has an entire program dedicated toward this mission, the National Complete Streets Coalition. The Coalition explains that, “Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.”
We’ll be writing more about complete streets as we near the June 10th Implementation Advisory Committee meeting that will address the 35% design for the western workaround. In the meantime, check out a fantastic slideshow from the National Complete Streets Coalition for a more visual introduction to complete streets.