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Ten cities make the list of top Complete Streets policies in the nation
National coalition ranks 125 policies passed in 2012

CONTACT: Craig Chester, 202-207-3355 x122, cchester@smartgrowthamerica.org

Washington, DC – Nearly 130 cities, states and regions passed policies in 2012 to make streets safer and more convenient for all Americans. These communities are part of a growing movement for “Complete Streets,” which gained incredible momentum in 2012.

In a new report released today, Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition identifies the 10 best policies passed in 2012. The Coalition examined each policy passed last year and scored them based on 10 elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy. The top policies are:

1. Indianapolis, IN
2. Hermosa Beach, CA (tie)
2. Huntington Park, CA (tie)
4. Ocean Shores, WA
5. Northfield, MN
6. Portland, ME
7. Oak Park, IL
8. Trenton, NJ
9 Clayton, MO
10. Rancho Cucamonga, CA

“The policies passed in 2012 are some of the strongest we’ve seen,” said Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. “The communities included in this year’s analysis have done a stellar job drafting strong, comprehensive policies to create streets that work for everyone.”

Indianapolis, IN’s Complete Streets policy garnered the top score in the country, with a total of 89.6 points out of a possible 100.

“We’re proud of the steps we’ve taken over the past few years to make Indianapolis more walkable, bikeable and transit-oriented,” said Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. “The strength of our Complete Streets policy language demonstrates our commitment to achieving a vibrant city and healthy residents. We’re now taking steps to ensure that our internal systems and decision-making fully support the intent of the policy and that project implementation truly achieves safe and accessible transportation options for all residents.”

Overall 488 Complete Streets policies are now in place across the country, in 48 states as well as the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

“This ranking is intended to celebrate the communities that have done exceptional work in the past year,” said Roger Millar, Director of Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, “as well as to give other communities an example to follow in writing or amending their own Complete Streets policies. We hope the examples included here serve as models for towns and cities across the country.”

See more information about the winning policies and evaluation criteria at www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets-2012-analysis.

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed and constructed. Complete Streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design with all users in mind, in line with the elements of Complete Streets policies.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring better development to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods.

For additional information, visit www.smartgrowthamerica.org/completestreets.

Any of our readers in a “Complete Streets” city? If so, has the implementation of a Complete Streets policy made a measurable difference in how folks get around the city? We’d love to hear your thoughts and insights!