TPB Approves Regional Complete Streets Policy

May 16, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – At today’s monthly meeting, the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) voted to approve the Complete Streets Policy for the National Capital Region.

The “Complete Streets” concept encourages creating or adapting transportation facilities that safely and appropriately accommodate motorized and non-motorized users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, freight vehicles, emergency vehicles, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

“By approving this policy, the TPB is standing by its stated goals, as represented in the TPB Vision and Region Forward, to make sure our streets are designed in a way that safely enables all modes of transportation,” said Todd Turner, TPB Chairman and City of Bowie Councilmember.

The regional policy was developed based upon input and discussion by regional stakeholders at a January workshop, as well as follow-up public and stakeholder comments received in the months following the workshop.

The purpose of this policy is to encourage TPB member jurisdictions and agencies that do not already have a Complete Streets policy in place, or who are revising an existing policy, to adopt a Complete Streets policy that includes common elements that the TPB believes represent current best practices.

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