Complete Streets

 

The new "Complete Streets" chapter of GDOT's Design Policy Manual is available online (PDF). This document describes the process whereby transportation engineers shall incorporate bicycle facilities on state and federally funded roadways in Georgia. It also includes design specifications for common facilities, such as bike lanes and bikable shoulders.

For other design specifications, GDOT typically follows the 2012 AASHTO Guide for the Develeopment of Bicycle Facilities as well as MUTCD standards, but they are also willing to consider designs described in the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide where appropriate. Links to all of these resources can be found here.

 


 

So, what are "complete streets?"

The best definition is from the National Complete Streets Coalition:

The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.

Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.

Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind - including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

The NCSC recently released an engaging new report, which analyzes and rates over 200 local and state Complete Streets policies from across theUS .

The “Complete Streets Policy Analysis 2010: A story of growing strength” report showcases the very best Complete Streets policies, providing essential guidance for policy makers and advocates alike.

AARP has produced a very useful toolkit, which serves as both research and a how-to guide, for implementing Complete Streets in the southeast.

Take time to watch this inspiring video from Memphis, TN as well. It lays out a clear and compelling case for Complete Streets: