Local Policy presented at National Conference
TMACOG’s regional level Complete Streets Policy will be the topic of a presentation at the national Safe Routes to School Conference which will be held in Columbus April 5-7, 2016. Christine Connell, TMACOG Transportation Public Administration Specialist, will be the presenter. She developed the regional policy intended to incentivize and support the implementation of complete streets techniques in jurisdictions in the region.
Complete streets are those engineered to be safe and welcoming for users of all ages and all modes of transportation. A street should allow for safe travel by those walking, cycling, driving, riding the bus, or making deliveries to businesses.
“Complete Streets is a well-established philosophy,” said Connell, “but the concepts need to be adapted to specific locations.” She noted that older cities may have narrower downtown streets while suburbs may lack sidewalks.
The main focus of the April conference is the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. SRTS can be a source of significant funding for jurisdictions with a solid plan. The City of Toledo will receive about $460,000 in SRTS funding for district-wide infrastructure improvements.
The 2016 conference agenda includes nearly 50 sessions, workshops, and tours. Officials who are developing a School Travel Plan (required before applying for funding) will learn strategies and tools for success. See more about the Ohio requirements for a School Travel Plan here. Registration is now open for the conference.
The conference is sponsored by the National Center for Safe Routes to School and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.