The Central Florida Complete Streets Report was recently released in partnership with MetroPlan Orlando and all of the communities who have passed complete streets policies. Emiko Atherton, the Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition – a program of Smart Growth America (SGA), presented an overview of the findings during the MetroPlan Board meeting held on March 8. The work underway in Central Florida and next steps were also discussed.
Over the past nine months, SGA, a recipient of grant funding from the Winter Park Health Foundation, has worked with local communities who have endorsed complete streets to assist in the development and delivery of workshops to raise awareness and help in the implementation of policies.
“SGA truly wants to celebrate the leadership on making streets safer for all users in this area, and recognize community leaders who have passed complete streets policies and participated in workshops,” said Ms. Atherton during her presentation.
By definition, “Complete Streets” are roadways that are safe and comfortable for everyone, regardless of your age, ability, ethnicity, income, or how you choose to travel (i.e.; drive, walk, bike). Orange and Osceola Counties, Longwood, Casselberry, Winter Park, Maitland, Orlando and Kissimmee have all passed complete streets policies, and staff from those communities joined WPHF in celebrating the conclusion of this phase of the work.
SGA is the organization that publishes “Dangerous by Design,” a report that has consistently ranked Central Florida and many other Florida communities as the most unsafe in the U.S. for pedestrians.