Complete Streets Policy
Longwood Takes Mayor's Challenge, Adopts Complete Streets Policy
As part of a continued commitment to providing safe transportation options for all users, the Longwood City Commission adopted a “Complete Streets” policy at its July 20, 2015 meeting. Longwood joins more than 720 agencies nationwide in an effort to integrate people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation networks.
Bicyclist & Pedestrian Safety
The adoption of this policy comes after the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx challenged city leaders nationwide to raise the bar for bicyclist and pedestrian safety by joining the Mayors' Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets. In March, the USDOT and cities from across the nation, including the City of Longwood, accepted the Challenge during the Mayors' Summit for Safer People, and Safer Streets at the USDOT headquarters in Washington, DC.
A "Complete Street" is one planned, designed, and maintained to comfortably accommodate pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists of all ages and ability levels. Complete Streets feature elements such as sidewalks, bicycle lanes, full-featured transit stops, pedestrian and bicycle-oriented traffic signals, medians, pedestrian crossing islands, curb extensions, and more. There is no single design for a Complete Street - each one is unique and tailored to the community context.
The policy calls for the City to integrate Complete Streets design principles from the inception of any city construction project, review and improve development design guidelines, and report annually to the City Commission on progress made under the policy. The Florida Department of Transportation, MetroPlan Orlando, and the cities of Orlando, Kissimmee, Winter Park, Casselberry, and Orange City are just some of the local agencies that either have a Complete Streets policy or are in the process of adopting one.