LA Metro’s Draft Complete Streets Policy – comments and recommendations
September 17, 2014 Leave a comment
In August 2014 Metro released it’s draft Complete Street Policy. The Los Angeles County Active Transportation Collaborative supports the development of a visionary and achievable countywide Complete Streets Policy. We appreciate this opportunity to comment on the draft Metro Complete Streets Policy which aims to increase mobility options, improve air quality and health, and strengthen local economies across Los Angeles County. Metro’s recent leadership in developing a more multimodal transportation network is continued and strengthened in the draft Complete Streets Policy. We find the draft to be a strong foundation which, with modest improvements and clarification on its applicability, will serve the region well into the future.
And please save the date for Metro’s Ad Hoc Sustainablity committee meeting on Wednesday October 15th at 10am when the Metro Directors will consider this policy for adoption.
Our primary objective for Metro’s Complete Streets Policy is to make the innovative multimodal planning work happening in different silos across the agency routine in all planning, project development and funding decisions. We compare the draft policy with national best practices to assess its specificity, applicability and enforceability to ensure that the policy goes beyond rhetoric to inform real decisions that the agency makes every day. A summary of our findings is available in the attached “report card” evaluating Metro’s policy against ten national criteria. We also solicited feedback from our partners across the county at our most recent collaborative meeting to refine our recommendations.