The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.
Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.
Instituting a Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
–National Complete Streets Coalition
The Montana Nutritional and Activity Program partnered with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services and Alta Planning and Design to compile a Complete Streets toolkit as a resource for Montana communities.
The purpose of this toolkit is to:
- explain what is meant by a Complete Streets approach to designing and building a transportation network,
- share the benefits of Complete Streets,
- identify the various elements that make streets truly “complete” and describe the needed amenities to accommodate users of Montana’s roadways, and
- share innovative ways in which Montana’s cities, small towns and tribal communities are already working to complete their streets.
This document will provide a resource to engineers, planners, elected officials, and residents who desire safe and efficient facilities for bicycling, walking and transit within their communities. This toolkit is organized into three sections – Planning Guidance, Case Studies in Montana communities, and Design Guidance. 2012 Montana Complete Streets Toolkit for Cities, Small Towns and Tribal Communities.
For additional information about Complete Streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition.
To date, nine Montana communities and one county have passed a local Complete Streets or comparable policy: Belgrade, Bozeman, Billings, Dawson County, Glendive, Hamilton, Helena, Missoula, Polson, Shelby, and Sidney.