developed complete streets policies; some of the most notable include Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago; Colorado Springs; San Diego; and West Palm Beach, Florida.
Charlotte adopted a complete streets policy that has drastically altered the way local transportation professionals go about daily business. According to McCann, Charlotte transportation officials used the complete streets model unofficially for several years until it was officially approved this past fall. The city developed a unique six-step planning process which improves its ability to accommodate all street users. (See Table A). Now, pedestrians and bicyclists are included in the planning process from the inception of a given project.
On the state level, the Illinois legislature recently enacted a complete streets policy into law. Driving this development was the tragic death of a teenager who was attempting to bicycle across an auto-dominated bridge with no alternate accommodations. The state has since altered the bridge, Illinois’ new complete streets policy is meant to establish bicyclists and pedestrians as recognized road users in all future projects to prevent similar accidents from occurring.
Complete streets policies have had an effect on the federal level. In 2000, the Complete the Streets