Complete Streets Policies: Three SoCal Cities are in the Top 10

Nearly 130 communities across the United States adopted Complete Streets policies in 2012, and three Southern California cities were one of the best. That’s according to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a Washington-based organization dedicated to Complete Streets advocacy. The Coalition released its list of Top 10 policies of 2012: Hermosa Beach and Huntington Beach tied for 2nd place and Rancho Cucamonga came in 10th on the list.

“These Southern California Complete Streets policy should be a national standard,” said Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. “It takes a strong stand for everyone who uses our streets, including people young and old, walking, driving, or bicycling, riding a bus or out shopping.”

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership Southern California staffers have interacted with countless number of bicycle and pedestrian advocates from the three SoCal cities that made the list. Beach cities of Hermosa Beach and Huntington Beach have robust and dedicated Safe Routes to School programs and bicycle groups. The Huntington Beach Bicycle Advocates are active with the city council, community and bicycle community.

It’s not surprising that the City of Rancho Cucamonga makes the list since the city staff and elected officials are committed to the principles of Complete Streets and healthy communities. We have partnered with them on numerous blog posts, see list of blog posts. The city is a model for active transportation policies in the SoCal and Inland Empire region. An example of Rancho Cucamonga’s community engagement model best practice was highlighted during the first San Bernardino County Active Transportation Network meeting, see Mike Parmer’s from the City of Rancho Cucamonga presentation. Additionally, Rancho Cucamonga’s data drive approach to focusing resources and funding applications have made them stand out in infrastructure and programming (featured best practice post).

Complete Streets policies help make sure everyone—regardless of age, ability, income, or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel—can get around safely and conveniently. In many cities that means changing how roads and sidewalks are designed and built, to be “complete” streets.

See the full list of this year’s Complete Streets policies and learn more about what make a great Complete Streets policy at www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets-2012-analysis.

About Pauline Chow
I am the Southern California Regional Policy Manager at Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Living in the foothills of Pasadena, CA. Our mission is to advance safe walking and bicycling to and from schools, to build a diverse and inclusive movement of champions, to foster the creation of active and sustainable communities, and to improve the health and quality of life for all of Los Angeles County’s youth and families. Also, I think internets and people power go together and interested in using data science to explore social justice and civic engagement in the digital space.

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