Complete Streets: A Policy for Pedestrian and Bike Safety?
December 1, 2016
About the Seminar
Are “complete” streets safe streets? In recent years, Complete Streets policies—which aim to design roadways that accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and transit passengers of all ages and ability levels—have gained popularity across the United States. The Complete Streets movement has become an important part of the planning landscape in several cities and states, notably Minnesota.
This presentation discussed the current status and future prospects of Complete Streets policies and explore to what extent these policies are living up to their safety expectations. The presentation also examined the safety features that are thought to be most effective in reducing injuries and fatalities from traffic crashes.
About the Speakers
Jason Cao is an associate professor of regional policy and planning at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. His research focuses on land-use and transportation in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. He holds a Ph.D. from UC Davis.
Allen Young is pursuing a master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He is interested in transportation-oriented development and in working to create walkable and bike-friendly urban spaces.