Cities across the U.S. have embraced the Complete Streets movement, which emphasizes that streets should serve the mobility needs of all users instead of only the needs of automobiles. Some cities have gone beyond embracing the 10 Principles of Complete Streets and have developed "Complete Streets Plus" approaches to multimodal transportation planning. Since 2005, the City of Bellingham, WA has taken progressive steps in transportation planning, which have led to a city-wide "Complete Networks" approach that is successfully being implemented in all City transportation projects.
INSTRUCTOR: Chris Comeau, AICP-CTP, City of Bellingham, WA Transportation Planner
Chris co-authored the article "C-Curb your Enthusiasm: A Road Diet, Safety Improvements, and Public Controversy in the U.S. Pacific Northwest." Be sure to check out this complimentary article before the webinar by clicking here.
Learn how Bellingham transportation planners:
1. Moved away from auto-centric performance measures and evolved from a basic "Complete Streets" approach to a city-wide "Complete Networks" approach to multimodal transportation planning;
2. Transformed a 1.75-mile major auto-oriented arterial (20,000 vpd) into an inclusive multimodal corridor with various pedestrian, bicycle, transit, and vehicle safety improvements;
3. Finally achieved success after navigating through 3 years of public controversy fueled by misinformation and misunderstanding spread by newspapers, radio talk shows, social media, and personal blogs.
COURSE CREDIT: 1.5 PDH