In 2011, the state legislature passed the Complete Streets Grant Program, codified in RCW 47.04.320, which authorized creation of the Complete Streets Grant Fund. The purpose of the grants are to encourage local governments to adopt their own complete streets ordinances.
“Complete streets” refers to the concept that roadways should be designed with all users in mind, not just motorists. Specifically, RCW 47.04.320(1) states that such ordinances should “provide safe access to all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and public transportation users.”
The legislature funded the program in 2015 and the first grants were awarded in 2017. The Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) is administering the Award Program.
In March 2018, the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments (BFCG) hosted a Complete Streets workshop. Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
Staff from the State Departments of Health and Transportation and the Transportation Improvement Board presented information on the health, safety and transportation benefits of complete streets. The meeting included discussion of how to develop an effective complete streets ordinance and examples of successful implementation of an ordinance.
About 30 people attended the workshop, including representatives from public health, economic development, transit agencies, bicycling advocates and city planning and public works departments.
If you would like additional information on Complete Streets please contact Len Pavelka at email@example.com.
Presentations from the March 7th, 2018 Complete Streets Workshop are linked below.