The Washington state legislature has before it two House Bills before which would help in the creation of “complete streets.” Complete streets is urban planning/engineering so that all the users of a street — pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists — can navigate safely.
Complete streets usually include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, wide shoulders, well-designed crosswalks, medians, bus lanes, pedestrian signals, and traffic calming techniques including street trees, planter strips and staggered parking.
The Seattle Bike Blog has a couple of before and after photos of a complete streets project at 15th Ave S and S Lander St. The difference is dramatic and makes the street much more safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.
The two House Bills are:
HB1070 – which eases design standards which allows municipalities more leeway in designing road projects.
HB 1071 – which creates a complete streets grant program
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