Complete Streets Get Some Respect

Via Planetizen:

“The concept of ‘complete streets’ — with bike lanes, sidewalks and room for mass transit — has attracted a diverse national alliance of supporters, including advocates for senior citizens and the disabled.”

“Fourteen states, six counties, 10 regional governments and 52 cities have complete streets policies, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition. In Illinois, a complete streets bill awaits the governor’s signature. In California, a bill passed one house.”


8 Responses to Complete Streets Get Some Respect

  1. Daniel Ronan
    August 13, 2007 at 9:41 am Link

    To accomodate all forms of travel, isn’t it important that we stress the fact that each mode will have to be prioritized on the street?

    Since pedestrians are more vulnerable(and some would argue the principal mode,) than cars, cyclists, and those on mass transit, should their be some tier system with pedestrians taken into better consideration with regard to safety features and ammentities?

  2. brett
    August 13, 2007 at 11:01 am Link

    Does Oregon need complete streets legislation? Is anyone working on a model bill?

  3. Daniel Ronan
    August 13, 2007 at 11:10 am Link

    In the link to the extended article from USA today says:

    ‘Some states, such as Oregon and Florida, have had the equivalent of complete streets policies for years, but the “overarching concept jelled just in the last few years,” coalition coordinator Barbara McCann says.’

  4. Terry Parker
    August 13, 2007 at 3:32 pm Link

    Complete streets, or a combination of streets with individual priorities need a complete taxing system with all modes of transport directly taxed to pay for their proportionate share of the infrastructure.

  5. Daniel Ronan
    August 13, 2007 at 10:47 pm Link

    How do you tax pedestrians?

  6. Bob R.
    August 13, 2007 at 11:19 pm Link

    How do you tax pedestrians?

    Terry has already proposed license plates and stiff fines for bikes, as well as charging for non-locker bicycle parking, tolls for bikeways, and fare surcharges for people with bikes on the aerial tram.

    We already have the technology for shoes which know how far you’ve walked. All we have to do is serialize them and make the wearing of them compulsory. The homeless would have to stand in one place all day until they had panhandled enough money to walk to food, but I imagine that they’re used to it by now. Parents could pay a birth tax on every newborn to cover those “first steps” in advance, because you cannot expect children to pony up for the walking tax, those lousy tiny deadbeats…

    Thoughts, Terry?

    – Bob R.

  7. Ross Williams
    August 14, 2007 at 5:58 am Link

    I think it is time for a stroller tax. Those folks aren’t paying for the extra wear and tear.

  8. djk
    August 14, 2007 at 7:43 am Link

    I think we have the technology now to implant GPS transponders in everyone. Simply monitor their positions and movements via satellite and tax them according to how far they move each day. You can calculate their transport mode by their speed and divide the taxes and apportion revenue accordingly.

    (Anyone who takes this as a serious proposal is deeply stupid.)

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