Complete Streets

9/8/2014: The second regional Safety in Active Transportation workshop is now OPEN for REGISTRATION!  Registration ends September 19, attend to learn about how to develop an active transportation plan for your community using the new Ohio Department of Transportation’s “Active Transportation Guide: a Reference for Communities”, and hear from community stakeholders on the value and implementation of active transportation planning and policy!































8/15/14: first in a series of regional Active Transportation planning workshops – Toledo Registration is open NOW, Dayton’s workshop is September 23 (registration opening soon) and Columbus will be in January 2015.






























2/18/14: Piqua, Ohio is named one of the Best Complete Street Policies of 2013 by the National Complete Streets Coalition!

Complete Streets/Active Transportation Workshops – MORE TO COME!

Ohio Safety and Active Transportation: Policies that Work! Workshops

Hosted by Ohio Alliance of YMCAs with support from SRTS National Partnership/Ohio Safe Routes Network, with funding from the Ohio Department of Transportation

  • Four regional AT/CS workshops (Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton/Cincinnati)
  • Held in June, 2014
  • Focus on new ODOT guidance, local/regional policy implementation, including collaboration, development, challenges, funding, resources, and with time for community representatives to discuss/plan policy change in their community.


What is a “complete street”?

The term ‘complete streets’ was first coined in the U.S. in 2003, and is part of an older international movement to increase roadway access and safety for everyone. Complete streets are designed and operated to enable
safe, attractive, and comfortable access and travel for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, the disabled, motorists and public transport users of all ages and abilities.

Why is this kind of policy important? How does it benefit the community?

On average, only one or two percent of state and local transportation budgets are devoted to building and maintaining sidewalks, bike lanes, pathways, crosswalks and other facilities for active travel.  Complete street policies, or street scale improvement policies, are adopted by state and local transportation and planning agencies to ensure that planning for the use of transportation funds and improvements also consider the needs of walkers, cyclists, and those using transit.

Where in Ohio are their Complete Street policies, legislation, and/or resolutions?

The following cities and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in Ohio have some type of complete street guidance for their community or jurisdiction:

Cleveland, OH Ordinance No. 798-11 leg city 2011
Cleveland, OH MPO (NOACA) OH Regional Transportation Investment int region 2003
Columbus, OH MPO (MORPC) OH Complete Streets Policy int region 2004
Columbus, OH* OH Ordinance 1987-2008 leg city 2008
Columbus, OH* OH Complete Streets Resolution res city 2008
Dayton, OH OH Livable Streets Policy pol city 2010
Dayton, OH MPO (MVRPC) OH Regional Complete Streets Policy int region 2011
Hilliard, OH OH Resolution res city 2012
Newark, OH OH Resolution res city 2011
Piqua, OH Complete Streets policy Jan 2013

Toledo, OH OH Toledo Municipal Code, Chapter 901 leg ordinance city 2012 (click on “Part Nine” to be directed to Chapter 901)
Westerville, OH OH Resolution No. 2012-12 res city 2012

Ohio News about Complete Streets


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