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600451-00119-1 Report Abstract

Evaluation of Complete Streets Policy Implementation by Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Tara Tolford, Billy Fields, and Tom Longoria, September 2015

Over the last ten years, communities around the country have begun to implement comprehensive reforms designed to ensure that roadway users of all ages and abilities can safely utilize the transportation system. This complete streets policy framework has emerged as an important tool for communities to improve opportunities for active living with over 500 policies adopted nationwide.

Complete streets policy diffusion has been rapid, but uneven, and the extent to which policy adoption is making a difference in the implementation of projects at the local and regional level is unclear. This research project seeks to address this need through a national survey of the 385 metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) around the country, evaluating the extent to which complete streets policies are being adopted and implemented at the MPO level, what opportunities and barriers to complete streets exist, and implications for future policy diffusion and innovation efforts.

Keywords: Complete Streets, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, MAP-21, Non-motorized Transportation

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