Local Implications Local municipalities can expect policy decisions and funding options to help make city streets safer for all modes of mobility. As implemented in South Bend, the project elements included: ■ Realignment of one-way streets to two-way streets. ■ Reducing the number of driving lanes on other streets from four to three. ■ Addition of bike lines throughout the downtown. ■ Extending sidewalks to create safer pedestrian crossings at intersections. ■ Adding roundabouts to reduce congestion at intersections. The infrastructure projects were funded by a $25 million bond backed by tax increment financing. The complete streets re-engaged the residents of South Bend with the downtown and economic development soon followed. South Bend welcomed new residential and commercial development and the opening of new businesses and restaurants.
“Lighting is critical to a well-designed parking garage. Lightwells draw in natural light and bring a sense of nature into the structure.” - Mike Moretto, AIA San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Parking Structure
Policies The U.S. Department of Transportation may become an available resource as more urban municipalities look to the model for the implementation of complete streets. Some of the federal policy and regulations to be implemented by Department of Transportation may include: ■ Grants and funding for local municipalities to study, plan, and finance Complete Streets programs. ■ Model guidelines on zoning and parking that includes complete street practices. ■ Improvements to public transportation that can be incorporated into urban planning. Rather than broad sweeping promises of major infrastructure investment like rail tunnels and airports, the infrastructure projects that make the most difference are the local improvements that implement complete street policies to improve the central business districts across the country and improve the safety of multi-modal urban mobility. ◆ MICHAEL J. ASH, Esq., CRE, is partner with Carlin & Ward. He can be reached at michael.ash@ carlinward.com.
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