Transportation Policy

Complete Streets Policies

A common transportation policy we’ve helped communities implement is Complete Streets.The goal of these policies is to make our streets and sidewalks accessible, safe, and efficient for people of all ages and abilities.

So far, 29 Complete Streets policies have passed across Missouri in rural communities, large cities, and diverse counties. Whether through the Missouri Livable Streets project or partnerships with the local communities, PedNet has played a role in helping 13 of those communities develop and pass their policies.

When PedNet was founded in 2000, our priority was to ensure sidewalks and bicycle lanes were included on new streets in Columbia. It quickly became clear that the city’s street design policies needed to be amended so these facilities would be standard. The campaign lasted four years, involved hundreds of stakeholders and eventually yielded Missouri’s first Complete Streets policy. Now we help other communities do the same.

Safe Routes to School Policies

We provide support and guidance to schools to help them develop and pass district-level Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policies. Having an official policy shows that your schools value active transportation for their students and provides guidelines for the district when considering transportation needs and goals.

With funding from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, we helped 7 Kansas schools in 2015 and 8 Kansas schools in 2016 develop and pass SRTS policies.

Additional Strategies

In addition to the above policies, we can work with clients to ensure that pedestrians, wheelchair users, bicyclists, and transit users can safely and comfortably navigate their communities, by

  • examining the local distribution of sales tax
  • ensuring that new schools are built in walkable/bikeable areas
  • updating local Street Design Standards