Of 70 new Complete Streets policies adopted in 2014, only two were in California: L.A. Metro and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG.) Metro’s policy received the honor of being tied for the #10 spot with a score of 86.4 out of 100, the highest of any metro region in California.
Complete Street Policies only examines new policies adopted in 2014. Since A.B. 1358 was approved in 2008, California has mandated that all municipalities incorporate Complete Streets policies along with updates to the transportation portions of general plans. Many California cities had already complied with A.B. 1358′s deadline of January 2014.
So, even though LA is scoring in the top ten, it doesn’t mean that other California cities don’t have similar or better policies.
The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) was highlighted for its model policy language around one of the scoring criteria: jurisdiction. Metro clearly articulates that all relevant departments and partner agencies…
…will work towards making Complete Streets practices a routine part of everyday operations; approach every relevant project, program, and practice as an opportunity to improve streets and the transportation network for all categories of users; and work in coordination with other departments, agencies, and jurisdictions to maximize opportunities for Complete Streets, connectivity, and cooperation. (Read the rest.)
Vol 13 Issue 13
Pub: Feb 13, 2015