If you are thinking about transportation, safety and access issues in your town or community and don’t know where to start, we have tools that can help.
Are you looking to get started in your community with Livable or Complete Streets? Our resource guide walks you step by step through the process of understanding what your town needs, the perspectives of other citizens, setting realistic goals and building community support for these polices.
Other topics include techniques for engaging civic leaders and things to keep in mind when planning for design changes.
Talking Points and Advocacy Toolkit
Sometimes it helps to have some resources to get your effort started. Below are field-tested tools that you can use to talk about Livable Streets in your community newspaper and newsletter or on social media.
Messages to build awareness for Livable Streets
Citizens’ Attitudes Survey
Communities just starting out may need to assess the attitudes and preferences of their citizens. Missouri Livable Streets developed a Citizens’ Attitudes Survey to help determine priorities and set goals for your work.
How walkable is your community on foot or bicycle? How about for your citizens with assistive devices? Find out by conducting a walkability audit. This is a great tool to help your community members see what is actually happening on their streets and in their neighborhoods. To check out one Missouri town’s experience with the walkability, watch our video from Unionville.
- Complete Streets Fact Sheet
- Built Environment Fact Sheet
- Economic Development Fact Sheet
- Complete Streets Stimulate the Local Economy Fact Sheet — from Smart Growth America
- The Planning Perspective on Health fact sheet
- Tools and Resources from the National Complete Streets Coalition
- Complete Streets and an Aging America — from AARP
- America Needs Complete Streets — from the ITE Journal
- Evaluating Complete Streets
Model Policy Samples
Several Missouri communities have been recognized as model policy and ordinance leaders, including:
Cost Analysis Tools
What is the return on investment for Livable Streets? If you are considering building bike facilities, this tool from Benefit Cost Analysis on Bike Facilities is a good place to start when estimating the costs of your project.
Potential funding sources (Excel download – please note this list is not exhaustive and funding sources frequently change.)
What does a Livable street look like for pedestrians and transit users? Considering a road diet? For more communities in need of more technical assistance, the Missouri Livable Streets Design Guide can help you understand the best practices and guidelines. Developed in partnership with Missouri Livable Streets partners and TranSystem.
Still need more technical expertise? Check out your local Regional Planning Commission Team.
Complete Streets Complete Networks Rural Contexts
Many communities across the state and nation have asked how to apply Complete or Livable Streets to rural towns and regions. Active Transportation Alliance and the We Choose Health Initiative developed a guide for Illinois planners and engineers working with rural communities that can be used for your state or town.