What makes a complete street?

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Multimodal

Roadway design that is inclusive of all users including persons with disabilities, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders, in all seasons

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Green

Natural elements incorporated into the streetscape: trees, rain gardens, bio-swales, water retention areas, as well as permeable surfaces to reduce storm water runoff and minimize the associated pollutants within our local waterways.

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Smart

Car and bicycle sharing, electric vehicle charging, way-finding, and social networks for greater system efficiencies and user convenience.

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Our streets are used by all kinds of commuters, but too often they have been designed for automobile use only. Complete Streets facilitate lively and vibrant communities that are accessible to pedestrians, bicyclists and all users. For our health, safety, the environment and our economy, let’s design our streets and grow our communities to their fullest potential.

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Benefits

Sound Fiscal Sense

Transportation is the second largest expense for American households, costing more than food, clothing, and health care. In cities such as Portland, Oregon where there has been a specific and concentrated effort to develop a multi-faceted transportation community, it has been demonstrated that Portlanders drive an average of four miles per day less than Americans living in other metro areas. In a 2007 journal article of CEOs for Cities, this directly correlates to $2.6 billion going back to the local economy.

Enhances health

Public health experts are encouraging active transportation including walking and cycling as a response to the obesity epidemic. Obesity is currently costing New York State $6.1 billion in direct and in-direct medical expenses.

Improves Safety

Studies have shown that investment in pedestrian and bicycle facilities, clarified freight routes, and appropriate traffic calming improve the safety of the transportation system for all users.

Solves lingering infrastructure issues

Innovative green infrastructure solutions can slow or prevent stormwater runoff and reduce combined sewer overflows.

Builds Environmental Sustainability

Creates a system of green infrastructure, including an increased tree canopy, that is healthy, vibrant, sustainable, and well maintained.

Good for air quality

Poor air quality in our urban areas is linked to increases in asthma and other illnesses. If, however, each resident replaced one car trip with one bike or walking trip just once a month, it could potentially cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 3,764 tons of per year.

Builds quality of life

Better conditions for bicycling, walking, and transit use have intangible benefits to the quality of life in cities and towns. The number of people using non-motorized or public transport can be a good indicator of a community's livability; a factor that has a profound impact on attracting businesses and workers as well as tourism.

Creates social capital

Comfortable and connected streets offer alternatives to personal vehicles and increase opportunities for social contact with others. By providing appropriate bicycle, pedestrian, and transit facilities and amenities, communities enable interaction between neighbors and other citizens that can strengthen relationships and contribute to a healthy sense of identity and place.

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Visit the National Complete Streets Coalition to learn more about the benefits of Complete Streets

Projects

The City of Buffalo is currently in the process of planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining the city’s street network.

View the Resources links below to learn more about complete streets and participate in the public process.

Would you like to see Complete Streets in your neighborhood?

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Sign Our Petition

Please sign our Bike Lane Request Form and Survey to help build safe routes to school and work in Buffalo. Learn More »

 

On April 20th Buffalo Complete Streets held a summit.

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Send us pictures of the street conditions in your neighborhood – good or bad!

 

Tell us where you are and how your streetscape can be improved upon.

 

Make active transportation (walking, bicycling, etc.) an integral part of your commute and lifestyle! Learn more about your options at www.gobuffalo.org.

 

Have a signature GObike bicycle rack installed on the sidewalk in front of your business free of charge!
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Volunteer to help ensure our streets are safe for all users by providing trees to community groups in an effort to reforest our city.

 

Contact your representatives to express your support for Complete Streets.

Resources

Stay informed on best practices for complete streets nationally and across New York State!

Downloadable Documents

About Us

Working hard to bring Complete Streets to

Buffalo!

On June 1, 2008, Buffalo’s Complete Streets ordinance was unanimously passed by the City Council and signed into law by the Mayor. Defined as streets with facilities that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users along our roadways, Complete Streets include persons with disabilities, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders. Buffalo is embracing a vision to promote health, safety, community, environmental sustainability, and quality of life for all, in every season.

The Complete Streets Coalition currently includes both the City of Buffalo’s Office of Strategic Planning and the Department of Public Works, GO Bike Buffalo, Buffalo Green Fund, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper, Buffalo Place, Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, NYS Department of Transportation, Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Partners for a Livable WNY, and the University at Buffalo. Each organization has a vested interest or is responsible in the long term planning and implementation of our built environment and the policy, which guides its development.

Contact

The Complete Streets Coalition is a part of the Transportation Working Group of the WNY Environmental Alliance. Find out more about the working group.

In 2012, all Transportation Working Group Meetings will be hosted at the Public Works Department in Buffalo City Hall.

Sign-up for the Working Group listserv to receive notices about upcoming meetings.

Phone

(716) 218-7161

Email

info@buffalocompletestreets.org

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