Monday, April 21, 2014

AARP releases Complete Streets Toolkit for Southeast USA

A great complete streets toolkit is now available from AARP and it's nice to see Lee County's efforts recognized in the document, including some Lee County photos demonstrating best practices.  AARP of Florida has been a valued BikeWalkLee's supporter organization since our beginning in 2009.
Last week  AARP and the National Complete Streets Coalition released its "Complete Streets in the Southeast" tool kit.

The new resource shares information about Complete Streets in cities across the southeast and provides tools for practitioners—in the region and beyond—who are developing or implementing Complete Streets policies. The toolkit offers regional perspectives on how to most effectively discuss and promote Complete Streets, case studies of successful local implementations, and fact sheets for every state in the region. Other resources include links to videos and presentations based in or tailored to the southeast, sample editorials and letters to the editor, a template Complete Streets audit and implementation plan, and worksheets for local residents examining local documents and procedures. Download the full toolkit.

 Both BikeWalkLee and the County's Complete Streets team were interviewed in the development of this report and Lee County's efforts are mentioned in several places (see p. 3, 5, 8, 12, 48, 49). They particularly highlight Lee County's implementation plan and its annual reports on implementation, along with the BWL complete streets annual awards and our website/blog resource documents. For the FL case study they chose Broward County and there's an excellent write-up about their program (p. 18-22).  

The accompanying Power Point presentation (see second document linked on right hand side of AARP article) is something any community can use to information various audiences about complete streets. The Power Point includes three photos from Lee County:
LeeTran bus, highlighting the sidewalk connections

North Estero Blvd. complete street in Fort Myers Beach

Also on N. Estero Blvd. in Fort Myers Beach

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