Alliance Releases New Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns

Posted: 06/02/2010

imageWashington, DC - June 2, 2010 - In the past four years, the national push for complete streets has caught fire, spreading rapidly from coast to coast. Since 2006, more than 100 state and local jurisdictions have adopted new policies that require transportation projects include safe accommodations for all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians.

To add fuel to this quickly advancing movement, the Alliance for Biking & Walking has released a new edition of its Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns.

The 117-page book updates and expands on the 2006 edition, with new complete streets policy examples, samples from current campaigns, and resources for advocates pursuing complete streets.

In many cases, Alliance organizations have led the charge, winning complete streets policies in their states and cities. Jeff Miller, Alliance president/CEO, says this new manual could be a catalyst for groups to kick-start or super-charge a successful campaign in their area.

“This updated guide is a key resource for grassroots advocates pursuing complete streets policies for their states and cities,” Miller says. “This compilation shares the step-by-step actions and lessons learned from peers across the country, making it the most up-to-date and on-the-ground advice for winning complete streets.”

The updated Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns was made possible by the generous support of Planet Bike and with assistance from the National Complete Streets Coalition. The guide is available for purchase through the Alliance’s website and is available as a free download to leaders of Alliance member organizations through the Alliance’s online Resource Library.

Book Description: Our nation’s transportation system poses significant challenges for the third of our citizens who do not drive. A full 13 percent of traffic deaths are bicyclists and pedestrians, yet most roadways are still being built with only motor vehicles in mind. Complete streets policies require that future transportation projects ensure safe accommodation of all users. Bicyclists, motorists, transit vehicles and users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities safely and enjoyably travel along and across complete streets. The Alliance for Biking & Walking’s Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns compiles a blueprint for winning a complete streets policy in your city, region, state, or province. Filled with models from past and current campaigns and tips from advocacy leaders in the field, this guide is an indispensable resource for the new or seasoned advocate working towards complete streets.

The Alliance for Biking & Walking’s Guide to Complete Streets Campaigns is part of a series of Alliance guides, which aim to build the capacity of bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations. To purchase the guide online visit www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org/publications.

About the Alliance: The Alliance for Biking & Walking is the North American coalition of more than 160 grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations. The Alliance works to strengthen state and local organizations through research, sharing best practices, training, resources, and grants. For more information or to find a local organization visit http://www.PeoplePoweredMovement.org.

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