This week, Investing in Place attended Metro’s 2-day Complete Streets training workshop in Huntington Park. The training included engineers and planning staff from LA Department of Transportation and the cities of Rancho Palos Verdes, Baldwin Park, and Norwalk.
We highly recommend the training for walking and biking advocates, engineers and planners implementing Vision Zero, Complete Streets, and other transportation infrastructure improvements, advocates for individuals with disabilities, and older adult advocates. If you missed it, there’s still time to sign up for next week’s training on Tuesday February 28 and Wednesday March 1 in the South Bay.
— Investing in Place (@InvestinPlace) February 21, 2017
What is a Complete Street?
Many cities and jurisdictions define it differently. But you know an incomplete street when you see one — when your life is in danger while crossing the street to get to the local park or to school, when there’s too many injuries and deaths at a single intersection in your neighborhood, or when individuals with disabilities and older adults are having a tough time walking on a sidewalk to get to the grocery store.
Metro defines a Complete Street as a comprehensive and integrated transportation network with infrastructure that allows safe and convenient travel along and across streets for all users.
Here’s another breakdown from when advocates helped to pass Metro’s Complete Streets policy:
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Why Attend the Training?
If you work for or are an advocate in a city without a Complete Streets policy, you may be missing out on future funding opportunities. Moving forward, Metro requires that all cities competing in Call for Projects for capital grant funding have a Complete Streets policy adopted. We’ve been told that a majority of the 87 cities in Los Angeles County do not have a Complete Streets policy on the books. Is your city one of them?
If you need a refresher on how to move forward a Complete Streets policy or a review of modern engineering concepts for Complete Streets, this free training provides great resources and a professional team of trainers from Fehr & Peers and Here Design to guide you.
Don’t miss out on a free resource. Consider signing up for next week’s training here.