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Complete Streets

Planning Safer Communities for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

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What's this all about?

The streets of our cities and towns ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, or bus rider. Complete Streets is a national movement bringing attention to the need to plan and design streets so they are accessible to everyone.

The Cornell Local Roads Program's Complete Streets workshop builds upon this public interest and provides background for a wide range of users in ways to make communities safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. The workshop introduces planning strategies and basic design and maintenance principles used in bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities. Additionally, participants learn how to perform an assessment of their community's walkability and bikeability. Other topics covered include; traffic laws, essential items for the advocate's "toolkit," education strategies, multi-use facilities, and enforcement.

Who should attend

Citizen advocates, local officials and planning board or council members for villages, towns, cities, and counties who are interested in learning the basics of how to safely accomodate bicyclists and pedestrians in their community.

Course instructor

Lois Chaplin

Lois Chaplin is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Specialist for the Cornell Local Roads Program. Lois' background includes 25 years of experience as a bicycle and pedestrian safety expert at Cornell University, where she has instructed and designed materials for fellow educators, law enforcement, and most recently planners and engineers.

Schedule and topics

8:15 AM Registration and coffee
8:30 Introductions
Economics of walkable communities
Planning for bikes and peds
Educational components
Noon Lunch
12:45 PM Walking audit, an assesment tool (outside)
Legal aspects and enforcement
Design tools and techniques
Making your plan
3:30 Adjourn

How much does it cost?

The registration fee is $40-50. It includes lunch, breaks, and course materials.

Where are they held?

Various locations around the state. Also by special request. Most recent session was held in Syracuse..

How do I sign up?

Information is posted here and on the Cornell Local Roads site when available.