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Congrats to Memphis! And Passage of the Nation’s 500th Complete Streets Policy
Posted By Jana Lynott On August 14, 2013 @ 9:45 am In Livable Communities | Comments Disabled
Today the nation will celebrate passage of the 500th piece of “complete street” legislation. This is a major milestone toward achieving safe streets for everyone, regardless of age and ability. 
All eyes will be on Memphis, Tenn. , which landed lucky No. 500. Through executive order, Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. has directed that new road facilities and major renovations accommodate all users and all means of travel. The city commits to building 15 miles of new protected bike lanes and will prepare a Street Design Guide to help to create an environment that welcomes everyone.
According to the National Complete Streets Coalition  (NCSC), “this official embrace of Complete Streets  is part of a remarkable, citizen-driven turnaround for a city so long built around the automobile that Bicycling magazine  twice named it one of America’s worst cities for bicycling.”
Related: AARP Livable Communities tool 
Memphis joins 499 other cities, counties and states that earlier adopted complete streets  policies of their own, several with the advocacy support of AARP.
This is just a sampling of the dozen-plus complete streets  policies supported by AARP following the report Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America , which the AARP Public Policy Institute  co-authored with NCSC, the Institute for Transportation Engineers and Renaissance Planning Group. This research found that, in 2009, nearly two-thirds of more than 1,000 transportation planners and engineers surveyed did not consider the needs of older users in their multimodal planning.
The tides may be turning, however, as evidenced by the exponential growth in policy adoption in the past several years. In the words of AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond, “AARP is so pleased that transportation planners and engineers are expanding their view and design of travel networks to accommodate all modes of travel, including driving, walking , public transportation and cycling.”
Let’s celebrate today, and tomorrow work together to pass the next 500 policies in record time.
About the Author: Jana Lynott is a senior strategic policy adviser with the AARP Public Policy Institute, where she manages AARP’s transportation research agenda. As a land use and transportation planner, she brings practical expertise to the research field.
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 safe streets for everyone, regardless of age and ability.: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/08/older-adults-pedestrian-fatalities-age-friendly-transportation/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL
 Memphis, Tenn.: http://www.cityofmemphis.org
 National Complete Streets Coalition: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets
 Complete Streets: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/getting-around/info-10-2012/Greenville-focuses-on-complete-streets-sc.html
 Bicycling magazine: http://www.bicycling.com
 AARP Livable Communities tool: http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/?cmp=SN-BLOG-PJS
 omplete streets: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/transportation/info-11-2011/complete-streets-approach-helps-walkers-motorists-tx.html
 complete streets: http://www.aarp.org/home-family/getting-around/info-10-2012/newark-looks-at-policy-for-safer-roads-nj.html
 Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America: http://www.aarp.org/home-garden/livable-communities/info-08-2009/Planning_Complete_Streets_for_an_Aging_America.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG
 AARP Public Policy Institute: http://www.aarp.org/research/ppi/liv-com/
 walking: http://states.aarp.org/nj-complete-streets/
 through Facebook and Twitter (#500policies): http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/08/08/memphis-adopts-the-500th-complete-streets-policy-in-the-u-s/
 watch the Memphis event live: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2013/07/30/join-us-to-celebrate-500-complete-streets-policies/
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 Is Your Community Retirement Ready?: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/07/25/great-places-are-cities-ready-for-aging-boomers/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL
 Transportation for Older Adults Requires a Tapestry of Funding Sources: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/08/07/jana-lynott-funding-senior-transportation/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS
 Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM
 AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP
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