Earlier this week, the National Complete Streets Coalition marked the adoption of the 500th Complete Streets policy with an event celebrating the communities that have committed to building safer, more accessible streets for all users. The event will focus on Memphis, TN adoption of the 500th Complete Streets policy. Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr., through executive order, directed that new road facilities and major renovations accommodate all users and all means of travel. The city committed to building 15 miles of new protected bike lanes and will prepare a Street Design Guide to help create an environment that leads to safe streets for everyone, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation.
The effort in Memphis was driven by stakeholders in the Broad Avenue area in east Memphis. Broad Avenue was originally the commercial corridor for nearby railcar manufacturing facilities but had fallen into neglect by the 1990s. A coalition of groups joined together to highlight the need to revitalize the neighborhood. The project also is a keystone of the planned Overton-Broad Connector, a two-way protected cycle track that is part of the city’s work with the Green Lane Project. The Connector provides the final on-street link between a popular, new rail-to-trail path and Overton Park. To learn more about the efforts in Memphis please visit: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/08/08/memphis-adopts-the-500th-complete-streets-policy-in-the-u-s/.
The National Complete Streets Coalition is a program of the of Smart Growth America.