Missouri Livable Streets Design Guidelines manual created


The Missouri Livable Streets project has release a new manual explaining how communities can implement Livable Streets concepts (also known as Complete Streets).
The manual explains the benefits of Complete Streets, shows how Complete Streets policies can be implemented by a city or other agency (including examples of Complete Streets policies), and gives implementation and design guidelines for Complete Streets.
Cover of the Missouri Livable Streets Design Guidelines manual
Cover of the Missouri Livable Streets Design Guidelines manual
The manual says:
The Missouri Livable Streets Design Guidelines was  created to provide guidance and references for Missouri  communities to create Livable Streets. Livable Streets is a new way of looking at transportation. Its focus is on providing transportation corridors for motor vehicles and for people on foot, in a wheelchair, or on a bike.
Communities with the Livable Streets have a higher quality of life and have experienced economic benefits as well. There are many Missourians that are unable to drive due to economic, age, physical impairments, or other barriers. By providing Livable Streets, these 
Missourians can lead more productive, active lives. Livable Streets also address the needs of many ablebodied people that want active transportation options for commuting and for short trips.
Livable Streets, also known as Complete Streets, consider the needs of all of the transportation users. For instance, Livable Streets sometimes provide 
sidewalks for pedestrians, scaled to the context of the built environment. Livable streets also consider universal design guidelines that provide space for those who use assistive devices. Livable Streets also consider bicyclists‘ needs as well. Livable Streets consider the needs of all transportation users whether they drive, bike, walk or wheel. 
Livable Streets help create livable communities. Through active transportation options, communities will be healthier, safer, and more successful. 
The steps to adopt a Livable Streets Policy are detailed in these guidelines. Additional information and resources are referenced. There is also a template for a model Livable Streets Policy resolution. As with all policies, public input and stakeholder participation will lead to a policy that meets the preferences of each community.  
Once a Livable Streets policy is in place, the community‘s entire transportation emphasis will shift from vehicles to a complete view of their transportation needs. The accomodation of all road users is goverened by multiple design guidelines. The key guidelines are referenced along with guidance on the combination of the different elements of a Livable Street.
Download the manual from the Missouri Livable Streets web site (PDF file).