Feds May Drop ‘Highway-Inspired’ Rules for Streets

“Complete Streets” are for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.

A set of “outdated” rules currently guides street construction, taking inspiration from what works on highways. “In what appears to be a major breakthrough, yesterday the Federal Highway Administration [FHWA] proposed rule changes that will allow cities and towns to more easily design streets in a way that’s consistent with an urban setting,” according to Angie Schmitt.


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