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Bicycles/Pedestrians

Complete Streets (Routine Accommodations)

Background

MTC undertook the Routine Accommodation study in 2005 to evaluate how pedestrian and bicycle needs are being accommodated in the region’s transportation projects as developed under state and local policies. This study was an outgrowth of the Transportation 2030 Plan “call to action” to make bicyclists, pedestrians and wheelchair users full partners in the planning process and to consider the safety and convenience of non-motorized travelers in conjunction with new construction and reconstruction of transportation facilities.

The study reviewed federal, state, regional, and county policies that addressed the ways project sponsors consider non-motorized transportation needs during the planning, design, funding, and construction of all types of transportation projects. It reflected data gathered through 35 interviews with project managers from a variety of agencies to understand what types of non-motorized improvements were included with their projects and how the decisions to do so came about. The study also included three case studies.

In June 2006, Commission adopted regional policies for the accommodation of non-motorized travelers. MTC Resolution No. 3765 called for creation and implementation of a checklist that promotes the routine accommodation of non-motorized travelers in project planning and design. Partner agencies will complete this checklist prior to submitting projects to MTC.

Complete Streets Checklist

MTC’s Complete Streets Checklist is intended for use on projects at their earliest conception or design phase so that any pedestrian or bicycle consideration can be included in the project budget. The county Congestion Management Agencies (CMAs) will ensure that project sponsors complete the checklist before projects are submitted to MTC. CMAs are required to make completed checklists available to their Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPACs) for review.

To view checklists for the current project funding cycles, visit the Congestion Management Agency's Web site: