Complete Streets Public Meeting
Later this month, the City of Portland’s Department of Public Services and Planning and Urban Development will host a public presentation on Complete Streets facilitated by experts from the National Complete Streets Coalition. Complete Streets is a transportation policy that calls for the construction, maintenance and operation of roads that are accessible to all users, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. The event will include a presentation on the fundamentals of Complete Streets, as well as strategies utilized in other cities with an opportunity for the public to discuss and provide feedback on the policy.
This March, the Portland City Council passed a resolution endorsing the complete streets principles and directed the Mayor to create a Complete Streets Working Group. The resolution recognized the important role of a balanced and environmentally sound transportation system for Portland’s economic growth, community livability, public health, and overall sustainability. By providing the necessary infrastructure to encourage multiple modes of travel, complete streets better serve people of all ages and abilities, reduce motor vehicle congestion, encourage physical activity, and decrease individual transportation costs. Portland’s resolution supports existing policy and planning efforts, including Healthy Portland, the Safe Routes to School program, the Portland Comprehensive Plan, and the city’s sustainability goals.
The Complete Streets presentation is funded by a technical assistance grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, under the agency’s Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program, awarded to the city earlier this year. A working group appointed by the Mayor will incorporate feedback from this meeting in the creation of a draft policy to be considered by the City Council later in the year.
For more information on Complete Streets, visit the website of the National Coalition for Complete Streets at www.completestreets.org. A copy of Portland’s Complete Streets resolution can be found at http://www.portlandmaine.gov/orders/FY10-11/resolve9.pdf
For information about this month’s presentation, contact Bruce Hyman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator at the City of Portland Public Services Department (email email@example.com or phone 207-874-8833).
When: Monday, July 25, 2011
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where: Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium
5 Monument Square, Portland
Keller Williams Realty - The Hatcher Group
6 Deering Street | Portland, Maine 04101
207-775-2121 Office | 207-775-2122 Fax