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Belleville, Ontario

Complete Streets Approach

Belleville, Ontario's 2014 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) draws extensively on Complete Streets. The TMP adopts a "new multi-modal approach" for Belleville based on planning for all road users and abilities (p. 28). The TMP includes a Complete Streets section (p. 44-47), and proposes that Complete Streets redesigns be used as a strategy for downtown revitalization. The TMP strongly recommends the adoption of a dedicated Complete Streets policy for Belleville "that sets out guiding principles for the accommodation of pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, passenger vehicles, and trucks in the construction of new roads and re-construction of existing roads" (p. 47).

In addition, The Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health Unit released Creating Complete and Sustainable Communities: Healthy Policies for Active Transportation in 2017. The report details the health benefits of active transportation, and calls for the adoption of Complete Streets policies. The report describes Complete Streets as a "fundamental measure to facilitate universal access by people of all ages and physical abilities, and by people living on a low-income who require affordable and safe transportation options" (p. 8-9). It is one of the few documents to highlight the ability of Complete Streets to increase the mobility of not just users of all abilities, but also of all socio-economic backgrounds.