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Another complete year at Complete Streets
This year flew by at the National Complete Streets Coalition, and we are excited to share some of the highlights with you. We worked with communities across the country, bringing people together, keeping the Complete Streets conversation moving forward, and strengthening our focus on equity.
NEW Complete Streets e-learning: You can now access learning modules that are based on the core curriculum of our in-person technical assistance. The two core offerings are eligible for AICP credits and we will also issue certificates of participation to everyone who completes each module, reflecting two hours of professional development for your records. Get in early and let us know what you think! For your early participation and feedback, we are offering a discounted price, which you can access with this promo code: NCSCpartner
Launching the Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy in the Rocket City: This November, teams of planners, engineers, and law enforcement and public health officials from three cities convened in Huntsville, AL for the first workshop of the Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy. Over two days we covered how cities are addressing new mobility technologies, how to engage the community more inclusively, and began the process of identifying sites for the temporary safety demonstration projects each city will implement in the coming spring.
Job posting: Apply to be part of our team! Smart Growth America is looking for dynamic people, passionate about empowering communities. There are currently two positions open.
New ITE design guide: We hosted “Implementing Context Sensitive Design,” the latest installment in our monthly webinar series Implementation & Equity 201: The Path Forward to Complete Streets. We heard from ITE and Nelson\Nygaard about their new guide to context sensitive design on multimodal thoroughfares. A recording of the webinar, a brief recap, and answers to many of the questions we received are now available here.
Last call for Policies: December 31, 2018 is the deadline for you to submit your community’s Complete Streets policy to be included in the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2018 report. Make sure to send a PDF copy to email@example.com
Annual Complete Streets dinner: Reserve your spot at the Ninth Annual Complete Streets Dinner. Tamika Butler, a national leader in equitable transportation work, will join us to celebrate this year's accomplishments in the Complete Streets movement while also highlighting the work still to be done. This year, we are returning to Carmine’s in Washington, DC to share a fun, intimate meal. We hope you will be able to join us!
New report on Opportunity Zones: A new report and interactive web tool from LOCUS (a program of Smart Growth America) and The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University ranks the nation’s Opportunity Zones by their smart growth potential and current social equity to identify which ones are positioned to bring positive social, environmental, and economic returns.
Safe Streets Summit: On February 25 and 26, national speakers, public officials, technical staff, and community partners are gathering to discuss how to better design and implement safe and equitable transportation facilities for all modes of transportation across southeast Florida. Register here and visit the awards page to nominate a Complete Streets Champion from southeast Florida for a 2019 Safe Streets Award.
Regional Plan Association (RPA) opportunity: The Healthy Regions Planning Exchange is a new program that will bring together metropolitan regions nationwide to share knowledge with organizations working to promote more equitable planning policies. If you are working on regional transportation, housing, economic mobility, or climate resilience policies that improve health and equity, consider applying. Applications are due by 8 p.m. EST on Monday, January 14, 2019.
Health Equity: Make it your business is a recent campaign from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota which is encouraging people to look around them and seek to create more positive equitable environments to operate in. Check out their great set of videos.
Honoring Complete Streets leaders: BikeWalkLee, a community coalition advocating for Complete Streets in Lee County Florida, selected Bonita Springs Deputy Mayor, Peter O’Flinn, as its 2018 Complete Streets Champion of the Year. They noted that the most successful efforts have elected leaders, staff, and community volunteers working collaboratively towards a shared vision. O’Flinn’s outstanding leadership, vision, and commitment to implementing Complete Streets helped make Bonita Springs one of 12 communities in the United States recognized in our report The Best Complete Streets Initiatives of 2017.
Baltimore passes 'Complete Streets' law requiring more bike-, pedestrian-friendly road design (Baltimore Sun)
I’m on the verge of breaking up with San Antonio (Every Body Walk!)
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