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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

What Are Complete Streets? [AARP]

What is a Complete Street? It has adequate crosswalk, sidewalks for all abilities, and designated cycling paths.
What is a Complete Street? It has adequate crosswalk, sidewalks for all abilities, and designated cycling paths.
Do you have easy access to schools, parks, medical facilities and simple services like grocery and drug stores? Do you have alternative transportation options when the car is in the shop?  Does your neighborhood have sidewalks? And if so, are they well maintained?
If you are like the large majority of Americans, your plan is to stay in your community — if not in your very same home — as you get older. However, in order to do so, you need to be confident that your community has convenient, safe and reliable options to get you where you need and want to go.
For years, U.S. transportation policy has focused almost entirely on construction and maintenance of roads to accommodate more cars. And while cars are obviously critical to our transportation network, they are only part of the equation. That is why AARP is so pleased that transportation planners and engineers are expanding their view and design of travel networks to accommodate all modes of travel, including driving, walking, public transportation and cycling. This is an approach that we have been championing for years — we call it Complete Streets...

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