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The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a policy statement in March 2010 regarding bicycle and pedestrian accommodation regulations and recommendations.  A local Complete Streets Policy aligns with this federal policy statement.  

 

“The DOT policy is to incorporate safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities into transportation projects. Every transportation agency, including DOT, has the responsibility to improve conditions and opportunities for walking and bicycling and to integrate walking and bicycling into their transportation systems. Because of the numerous individual and community benefits that walking and bicycling provide — including health, safety, environmental, transportation, and quality of life — transportation agencies are encouraged to go beyond minimum standards to provide safe and convenient facilities for these modes.”

 

“Increased commitment to and investment in bicycle facilities and walking networks can help meet goals for cleaner, healthier air; less congested roadways; and more livable, safe, cost-efficient communities. Walking and bicycling provide low-cost mobility options that place fewer demands on local roads and highways. DOT recognizes that safe and convenient walking and bicycling facilities may look different depending on the context — appropriate facilities in a rural community may be different from a dense, urban area. However, regardless of regional, climate, and population density differences, it is important that pedestrian and bicycle facilities be integrated into transportation systems. While DOT leads the effort to provide safe and convenient accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists, success will ultimately depend on transportation agencies across the country embracing and implementing this policy.”

 

 

 

Florida State Statute 339.115: Transportation planning, Title XXVI, Public Transportation; Chapter 339 declares support for elements and concepts that are key to a Complete Streets policy.  

 

“The department shall carry out a transportation planning process in conformance with s. 334.046(1) which provides for consideration of project and strategies that will:

a)      Support the economic vitality of the United States, Florida, and the metropolitan areas, especially by enabling global competitiveness,  productivity, and efficiency;

b)      Increase the safety and security of the transportation system for motorized and non-motorized users;

c)       Increase the accessibility and mobility options available to people and for freight;

d)      Protect and enhance the environment, promote energy conservation, and improve quality of life;

e)      Enhance the integration and connectivity of the transportation system, across and between modes throughout Florida, for people and freight;

f)       Promote efficient system management and operation; and

g)      Emphasize the preservation of the existing transportation system.”

 

The Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization’s 2035 Long-Range Transportation Plan includes several goals and objectives in concordance with Complete Streets.

 

Objective 1.3 Promote non-motorized modes and transit use for all travel purposes by incorporating a “complete streets” policy and context sensitive design into the development of transportation facilities and corridors.

 

Objective 1.5 Expand multimodal mobility, connectivity, and access to the region’s key destinations and activity centers, especially the downtown business districts, primary commercial corridors, and designated redevelopment areas.

 

Objective 2.2 Encourage redevelopment of established corridors, centers, and neighborhoods to reduce sprawl, expand jobs-housing choices, support transit service and improve pedestrian safety and accessibility.

 

Objective 3.5 Improve public health and air quality by retrofitting roadways to encourage increased walking and bicycling activity for all trip purposes.

 

Objective 8.2 Consistent with Florida’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan, ensure the safe and secure accommodation of motorized and non-motorized traffic on area roadways to reduce crash rates and protect the safety of emergency responders and roadway workers within the right-of-way.

 

Objective 8.3 Improve safety, mobility, and accessibility for vulnerable road users, particularly along roadways that provide connectivity to and through downtown areas and other redevelopment districts.

 

Objective 8.5 Improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety through education, enforcement, engineering (such as intersection design, visibility, lighting, and provision of accessible facilities) and evaluation.