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Thursday, June 29 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
Complete Streets: Turning Intention to Implementation

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Three presentations will take place during this session.

Making Complete Streets the Norm, Not the Exception (Victor Weissburg): All too often, cities and counties adopt complete streets policies and then nothing happens. Often times this is due to a lack of a clear strategy for implementing the policy, particularly when building auto-centric roads is so deeply embedded into the approaches, standards, practices, mentality and culture of the local transportation/public works department. This session will highlight a groundbreaking accomplishment in Prince George's County, MD, an exurban/suburban county in metropolitan Washington DC. In an effort to leverage their complete streets policy for meaningful, tangible outcomes, the County undertook an effort to refresh and revise their street design manual, which regulates the design of all new and reconstructed roadways in the County. Rather than developing Complete Streets guidelines, which are advisory documents, Prince George's County decided to institutionalize more walkable, bicycle-friendly and safe cross sections as part of the regulatory document that agency staff and developers use to build roads. As the consultants leading this task, Toole Design Group helped County staff reach agreement on new street types that would replace the functional classification system in urban areas. We then developed standard cross sections for these new street types, working with a multi-department work group to hash through tough topics such as minimum lane widths, design speeds and minimum turning radii. All of the new street types include skinnier travel lanes, generous pedestrian facilities, and green buffers or medians. Many of them also include separated bike lanes as a standard element in the cross section, which is an extremely progressive move for a county (particularly a suburban one). In October 2016, the new street details were unanimously approved by the County board and have now been incorporated into the County Roadway and Bridge Design Standards. This session will present the goals and outcomes of the project, as well as the process used to build consensus amongst the many staff and departments of the County whose buy-in was key along the way.

Implementing CS on Florida’s Space Coast (JP Weesner): Implementing Complete Street in Florida has never been more urgent than today, many of Florida's cities rank highly on the Pedestrian Danger Index and we've seen an uptick in automobile and cycling incidents. With this in mind and as an example of leveraging policies and codes to support sustainable design strategies, we have been working with the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) in Brevard County, Florida to develop a Complete Streets Policy, programming and prioritizing at the Local/City level, and implementing redesigned streets in the various cities in Brevard County. From the Federal level which guided funding, to the regional SCTPO leading a vision of Complete Streets and prioritizing implementation, to the local City of Melbourne that stepped up and undertook a project to drastically rebuild their street in a new and innovative way, to all of the individual stakeholders that challenged their own belief systems about what a street should be and how it should function, this project showcases how interdisciplinary partnerships and consistent, strong communication led to project that is more than the sum of its parts.

20+ Miles in Two Years (Adam Lind): This presentation will focus on the first two years of implementation of the Fairfax county Bicycle Master Plan adopted in 2014. It will discuss the process, failures, successes, and partnerships that have lead to the construction of over 20 miles on road bike lanes and buffered bike lanes. The session will focus on the importance of partnering with the state DOT and how to work together to implement on road infrastructure through a variety of methods including lane diets, road diets, and pushing people out of their comfort zone when it comes to lane widths in order to improve the bicycle and pedestrian environments.

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Adam Lind

Bicycle Program Coordinator, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
Graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a B.S. in Business Adminstration. Graduated from Virginia Tech's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program with a Transportation Speciality in 2012. Started working on bicycle and transportation planning for the Fairfax county Department... Read More →

JP Weesner

Director of Landscape Architecture, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.
John Paul (JP) has over sixteen years of experience as a landscape architect, urban designer and planner. JP's focus is on designing and planning the urban environment, including 'Green' urban streetscapes, Complete Streets, infill development, transit-oriented development plans... Read More →
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Victor Weissburg

Victor Weissberg is a senior professional with a diverse managerial portfolio in regulatory and transportation policy, local and regional planning, government relations, political affairs, legislative and policy analysis, organizational development/training and communications strategies.   In... Read More →

Thursday June 29, 2017 11:15am - 12:45pm
Louis XVI (Peabody Hotel) 149 Union Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

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