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Planning Safer Communities for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Complete Streets

If you've taken the workshop offered through the Cornell Local Roads Program, you will find the following items familiar to you. Providing these to you electronically may save us a few trees.

Audits and checklists

Edmonton's walkability checklist

Ithaca survey

Walkability checklist

Bikeability checklist

Comprehensive plans and related documents

Town of Plattsburgh comprehensive plan

The Town of Ulysses comprehensive plan

The Town of Ithaca Transportation Plan can be found if you scroll down to the bottom of the page. You'll also find a report about land owner perceptions of trails under the "planning educational materials" section.

Street Design Basics is a four-page document from Portland State, Oregon. It helps convey concepts that links transportation and land use.

More helpful documents

The National Association of Realtors is paying attention to trends such as smart growth and what the market desires. Check out their publication On Common Ground series.

Obesity trends - the Centers for Disease Control have tracked trends and assembled this presentation

The Initiative for Healthy Infrastructure's planning document - This SUNY Albany-based initiative's document is a fantastic reference for pedestrian and bicycle friendly communities in New York State.

Bicycle Rodeos - a guide to organizing a bicycle skills event for children

Bicycle Parking Guidelines - from the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

How to develop a Pedestrian Safety Action Plan - from the Federal Highway Administration.

This link to Rail Trail Studies provides a summary of many reports that have looked at rail trails and the affect on the values of real estate, among other pertinent issues.

Parks and Trails New York has developed a card with tips for motorists and trail users intended to enhance safety at places where trails/bike paths intersect with roads. PTNY has another great resource A Guide to Attracting Bicyclists to New York's Canal Communities.

The League of American Bicyclists' Bicycle Friendly Program (including communities, businesses and universities).

The FWHA education and outreach link will get you to many interesting resources.

Their Livability in Transportation Guidebook, which has the primary purpose of illustrating how livability principles have been incorporated into transportation planning, programming, and project design, using examples from State, regional, and local sponsors.

They have released a Resident's Guide for Creating Safe and Walkable Communities, which provides examples from other communities working to improve pedestrian safety.

Increasing Physical Activity Through Community Design is a Guide for Public Health Practitioners and Livable Community Advocates. From the National Center for Bicycling and Walking. Published June 2010

Web sites

New York State DOT

The Department of Transportation's Complete Streets web site provides background information and includes a list of communities who have crafted policies.

Complete Streets National Coalition

This national coalition advocates for streets to be designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and bus riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a complete street.

Safe Routes to School

There are numerous helpful places. For starters:

The New York State DOT site covers all the basics.

The New York State Partnership for Walk our Children to School - will hook you up with others in the state promoting walking to school


The Saratoga Healthy Transportation Network

Healthy Kingston for Kids

For more links, go to this site's links page.