Clayton becomes 15th Missouri city to adopt a Complete Streets Policy

January 10th the Clayton Board of Aldermen passed Bill No. 6294, adopting a citywide Complete Streets Policy.

 
Clayton becomes the eighth city in the St. Louis metropolitan area to adopt a Complete Streets policy and the 15th city in Missouri.
A typical urban Complete Street
A typical urban Complete Street
 
Missouri now has nineteen Complete Streets policies adopted, either by ordinance, resolution, or officially adopted plan: 15 by cities, three by metropolitan or regional planning organizations, and one by the Missouri General Assembly.
 
Over 1.1 million Missourians live in a city with a Complete Streets policy and about five million (including some outside of Missouri) live in the area of a regional planning organization with a Complete Streets policy.
 
Clayton City staff gave this summary and reasons for the city to adopt its Complete Streets policy:
Since 1997 when construction of the first streetscape improvement project in downtown Clayton began, the City has been enacting visions and master plans such as the 2009 Brentwood, Clayton, Maplewood and Richmond Heights Bikeable Walkable Communities Plan, the City of Clayton Vision 2013, and 2010 Downtown Clayton Master Plan Update, that have included guiding principles to foster all safe and accessible modes of travel for all users.  It is a natural progression that the City would now seek to adopt an all-encompassing policy that our streets should work for everyone, of all ages and abilities, regardless of how they travel.  This simple idea is commonly referred to as “Complete Streets”.  The power of the Complete Streets philosophy is that it fundamentally redefines what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation agency is going to meet, and how a community will spend its transportation money.   It breaks down the traditional separation of ”roadways,” ”transit,” and ”biking/walking,” and instead focuses on the desired outcome of a transportation system that supports safe use of the roadway for everyone, by  whatever  means  they are traveling. 
 
The Clayton Complete Streets Policy is based on the ten elements that the National Complete Streets Coalition has determined should be part of an ”ideal” Complete Streets policy.  Though the concept of “Complete Streets” is itself simple and inspiring, the Coalition has found, through research and practice, that a policy must do more than simply affirm support for Complete Streets.  The ten elements refine the vision, provide clear direction and intent, are adaptable to a community’s needs, and grant the flexibility in design and approach necessary to secure an effective Complete Streets process and outcome.  The Clayton Complete Streets Policy echoes these ideals.
We urge communities across Missouri to follow Clayton's example and formally adopt a Complete Streets Policy.  This is one of the easiest yet most important steps a community can take to make a livable community that is attract and healthy for both business and community members.
 
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One of the top objectives of MoBikeFed's Vision of Bicycling and Walking in Missouri is the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets Policies at all levels of government, from local to national.

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