Smart Growth America’s Complete Streets Coalition has released The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013, which examines and scores each Complete Streets policy enacted in 2013.
A total of 83 U.S. communities adopted Complete Streets policies last year, designed to provide for safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income, or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.
The report outlines 10 ideal elements of a Complete Streets policy and scores individual policies based on these ideals. The top score, 94.4, went to Littleton, MA.
The policy elements refine a community’s vision for transportation, provide for many types of users, complement community needs and establish a flexible approach necessary for an effective Complete Streets process and outcome.
Nationwide, a total of 610 jurisdictions now have Complete Streets policies in place, including 27 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Fifty-one regional planning organizations, 48 counties, and 482 municipalities in 48 states also have adopted such policies.
The annual report is available online.