Completing Our Streets

The Transition to Safe and Inclusive Transportation Networks

  • Barbara McCann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Barbara McCann
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 271-343

About this book

Introduction

Across the country, communities are embracing a new and safer way to build streets for everyone—even as they struggle to change decades of rules, practice, and politics that prioritize cars. They have discovered that changing the design of a single street is not enough: they must upend the way transportation agencies operate. Completing Our Streets begins with the story of how the complete streets movement united bicycle riders, transportation practitioners and agencies, public health leaders, older Americans, and smart growth advocates to dramatically re-frame the discussion of transportation safety. Next, it explores why the transportation field has been so resistant to change—and how the movement has broken through to create a new multi-modal approach.

In Completing Our Streets, Barbara McCann, founder of the National Complete Streets Coalition, explains that the movement is not about street design. Instead, practitioners and activists have changed the way projects are built by focusing on three strategies: reframe the conversation; build a broad base of political support; and provide a clear path to a multi-modal process. McCann shares stories of practitioners in cities and towns from Charlotte, North Carolina to Colorado Springs, Colorado who have embraced these strategies to fundamentally change the way transportation projects are chosen, planned, and built.

The complete streets movement is based around a simple idea: streets should be safe for people of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, driving, bicycling, or taking the bus. Completing Our Streets gives practitioners and activists the strategies, tools, and inspiration needed to translate this idea into real and lasting change in their communities.

Keywords

Bike lane Complete streets Sidewalk Street design Transportation

Authors and affiliations

  • Barbara McCann
    • 1
  1. 1.McCann ConsultingWashington District of ColumbiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.5822/978-1-61091-432-1
  • Copyright Information Barbara McCann 2013
  • Publisher Name Island Press, Washington, DC
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-59726-432-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-61091-432-1
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