secretary of FDOT’s District One. “The state didn’t rank
very well. Improvements were very necessary.”
Hattaway is overseeing FDOT’s efforts to implement
a comprehensive Complete Streets plan. He said the
implementation plan will be completed early next year,
but the department is already requiring its engineers to
incorporate Complete Streets values into all the projects
Among the changes in FDOT’s designs, Hattaway said,
are reducing lane widths on urban streets from 12 to
11 feet, making room for seven-foot wide bicycle lanes.
Florida law requires motorists maintain a three feet separation from bikes. Hattaway said FDOT is going on
“road diets” — reducing four-lane streets to two traffic
lanes with left turn lanes and medians to improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks in the middle and wider bike
lanes on the outside.
On busy U.S. 41 in downtown Sarasota, Hattaway said,
FDOT is developing a plan to replace nine signalized
intersections with roundabouts. Roundabouts are an
important element of Complete Streets plans because
they slow traffic, improving bike and pedestrian safety.
The Complete Streets movement has grown rapidly since
the term was coined by bike advocate Barbara McCann
in a 2003 memo. McCann is now an undersecretary
of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which has
joined Smart Growth America in presenting awards to
cities, counties and states that have developed the best
Complete Streets plans.
“It was really about safety and access for everyone using
the roadway, and that’s how the Complete Streets movement got started,” McCann said.
The National Complete Streets Coalition grew out of the
discussion McCann triggered in 2003 and became part
of Smart Growth America. Among the members of the
Coalition are the AARP and the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Smart Growth America reports that cities, counties and
states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico have
passed more than 950 Complete Streets policies. Those
policies differ considerably, but share common objectives.
Kelly Yemen, bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for Hen-
nepin County, Minn., said the goals of the Complete
Street policy she helped to develop are “simply to increase
bicycle ridership, improve health, reduce vehicle miles
traveled on our roadways, improve the environment and
just in general enhance the quality of life for our residents
and really create good senses of place and connections
within our cities.”
Hennepin County is about halfway done with developing
an extensive network of bike trails connecting downtown
Minneapolis and its suburbs, Yemen said.
“We have about 673 miles of bikeways out there currently that are considered part of our county system,”
she said. “Between what the city’s working on, and the
county’s working on, we’re trying to connect those trails
Roundabouts are an important
element of Complete Streets
plans because they slow traffic.
Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis