How do pedestrians experience your Main Street?
Main Street’s were made for walking, but some of our Virginia downtowns are still not pedestrian friendly. The National Complete Streets Coalition’s mission to increase safe, comfortable and convenient access to community destinations and public places – whether walking, driving, bicycling or taking public transportation. To test out creative approaches to safer street design, NCSC recently launched the Safe Streets Academy.
They worked with three cities around the country to build skills in safer street design, creative placemaking and community engagement, then helped the cities put these skills to work. Through three demonstration projects, localities in Florida, Kentucky and Indiana transformed their streets, intersections and neighborhoods into slower, safer places for people.
In an inspired approach to planning, each locality collaborated with residents by leading peer-to-peer engagement efforts on the front end, versus coming up with solutions, then bringing them to the public. The residents took the lead pinpointing problems at targeted intersections and guided solutions to address them. Because of this, the localities were able to implement much more effective, relevant projects that earned stronger support from the public.
You can learn from the stories of these demonstration projects to test out low-cost ways to create safer streets. Find out more here >>
To see these pedestrian safety initiatives in action in a Virginia community, look over Staunton’s recently approved Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
Also, click here to check out the new Main Street Approach Design Handbook, intended to help community leaders implement a people-centered design process.