Below is the latest Complete Streets news from across the country. Please be sure to check back frequently to see what’s new.
Construction for the first street in the District of Saanich (BC) to undergo redesign under Complete Streets has been completed and opened to the public as of May 2015. This project has been underway since 2012 (click here for 2012 blog post).
On December 18, 2014, TCAT released an online catalogue of Complete Streets projects in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). ‘The Complete Streets Catalogue: Understanding Complete Streets in the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region’ features projects from 19 municipalities that reflect the diversity of Complete Streets approaches being implemented by municipalities across the region.
The City of Calgary has recently released the 2014 Complete Streets Guide, a document meant to provide guidance for the city to implement the various Complete Street policies outlined in the Calgary Transportation Plan and Municipal Development Plan.
The City of Ottawa has undertaken a city-wide review of land use, transportation and infrastructure policies that make up its OP, TMP, Cycling Plan, and Pedestrian Plan. It has recommended the adoption of a Complete Streets policy as part of the Ottawa TMP.
On September 11th 2013, the Niagara Region Council adopted “Complete Streets for Niagara” (CSN), a Complete Streets Model Policy Handbook. The CSN handbook was endorsed for use by the Region in planning policy and development and the local municipalities were formally invited to use it as well.
In December 2013, the City of Markham adopted a new Official Plan that will guide land use and development in Markham over the next 20 years. The OP recommends that a “complete streets” philosophy be applied to the future development of the City’s road network to balance mobility between modes, increase safety for all users, and position streets as places within Markham’s communities.
The City of Ottawa has adopted a Complete Streets approach in their draft Transportation Master Plan with specific action to design and build complete streets and adopt a future complete streets policy.
Momentum is growing in Hamilton towards a Complete Streets policy.
Author: Sara Mayo, Social Planning and Reserach Council of Hamilton