Complete Streets are streets for everyone. Whether people are traveling by car, bicycle, transit, or as pedestrians, they need safe, comfortable and convenient travel routes.
In January 2016, Vancouver City Council adopted the What’s Next Vancouver! Building Our City’s Future 2016-21 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan sets forth a vision for Vancouver as a vibrant, safe, and prosperous city, and includes support for waterfront development, arts and culture, transportation infrastructure improvements, improved parks, public safety, and for taking care of the assets we already have. It includes goals that are ambitious, and will guide policy-making priorities over the next several years.
Complete Streets are a high priority in the 2016-21 Strategic Plan:
Goal 1: Ensure our built environment is one of the safest, most environmentally responsible and well maintained in the Pacific Northwest.
Objective 1.1: Develop and maintain a safe, balanced and innovative transportation system that will meet the needs of future generations
Action 1.1.1: Adopt and implement a “Complete Streets” program (e.g., designed and operated to enable safe mobility for all users)
Creating and adopting a Complete Streets policy will help make our streets safer and more accessible. Adopting a policy will also enable the City to leverage local funding more competitively for state and federally funded transportation grant programs. See the State of Washington Transportation Improvement Board for one such funding program.
The effort to develop the Complete Streets policy is fully underway.
Complete Streets Policy Research:
- The project team evaluated City policy, planning and engineering documents to understand where the opportunities and challenges are for implementing a Complete Streets policy. The team also researched State of Washington (and nationwide) best practices on Complete Streets policy and implementation. A memo summarizing the evaluation and research is now available. Click Here to view or download the Opportunities and Challenges Review Technical Memorandum.
Developing a DRAFT Complete Streets Policy:
A three-week online public comment period for the DRAFT Complete Streets policy ended on May 3. City Staff are at work refining the DRAFT policy. The FINAL Complete Streets policy will be submitted to City Council on May 17.
Complete Streets Community Engagement:
- The Complete Streets Stakeholder Committee had their first meeting on January 19, 2017 in Vancouver City Hall. See the Stakeholder Meeting Summary for more information.
- A City Council Work Session on Complete Streets occurred on February 6, 2017. Here’s the link Complete Streets work session http://www.cvtv.org/vid_link/18633
- The City of Vancouver Complete Streets Community Workshop was held on February 15 from 6 to 9 PM at McLoughlin Middle School. 40 people attended the workshop and participated in discussions and small group activities to learn more about Complete Streets. The workshop was recorded by CVTV. A workshop summary and PowerPoint presentation are also available.
Here’s the link to the video recording:
Here is the link to the workshop summary:
Here is the link to the workshop PowerPoint presentation:
We want to hear from You!
If you have any questions or would like to share your thoughts about Complete Streets in Vancouver, please submit a comment using the “Submit a Comment” tab shown above (below the photos). Thank you!
If you have any questions, please contact:
Patrick Sweeney, Complete Streets Policy Project Manager
Toole Design Group was hired by the City in November 2016 to assist City transportation planning and engineering staff to engage with citizens in the development of a Complete Streets policy.
To learn more about the benefits of Complete Streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition.