Tuesday, December 20, 2011

City of Spokane Complete Streets Ordinance Passed

After about two years of working toward it, Spokane's City Council passed a Complete Streets ordinance last night after nearly three hours of public comment and council deliberations.

A complete street is a road designed to be safe for drivers, bicyclists, transit riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The program will ensure those people are planned for in construction projects. It doesn't mean every street will have a bike lane or sidewalks, but increase the chance of items like those being put in.

Members of the public that testified said they want complete streets for everything from encouraging exercise to increasing wheelchair access. 39 people spoke in favor of complete streets and six against. The main concern of those who were against it is that they don't want to pay more taxes to support this kind of program, even though that's not where funding would come from for complete streets. Most likely, it would mean that one or two less construction projects will be completed per year, and that money used for complete streets items.

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About SRTC

SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.