Policy resource: Model resolution for local governments

What goes into a good policy? What have other communities adopted? Local communities looking to adopt their own Livable or Complete Streets policy often ask for guidance on what language is needed in order to make their policy effective for all residents who want more walkable, bicycle-friendly streets and neighborhoods. A new resource from ChangeLab Solutions can help. Not only does the model policy highlight reasons why Complete Streets are important to the community, but also how the policy will be implemented and evaluated for Continue reading →

Carthage featured in new Livable Streets video

Local planners, engineers and other advocates recently met in Carthage, Mo., to learn about Livable or Complete Streets policies and design standards, and to see first-hand how these standards can make getting around easier for all users. Check out the new video>>>

Rural communities: New resource!

Complete Streets Complete Network RURAL CONTEXTS. From the Active Transportation Alliance & We Choose Health. Rural communities want to safely walk and bicycle, too! We’ve heard this message loud and clear over time, and we’re often asked for specific ways rural places in Missouri can bring Complete Streets or Livable Streets to their neighborhoods and towns. The Active Transportation Alliance and We Choose Health Initiative in Illinois recently shared their guide on how to design and plan for Complete/Livable Streets in rural areas. Check it Continue reading →

Free Walk Friendly Communities Workshop in KC

Greater Kanasas City community members and leaders are invited to participate in a free two-day workshop, “Step up!” in Grandview on June 2-3. The workshop is a free event about Walk Friendly Communities for the Kansas City region and a team of Walk Friend professionals from University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center will be on hand to facilitate conversations on the benefits of applying for and becoming a “Walk Friendly Community.” Questions? Contact Aaron Bartlett at MARC for details or REGISTER.

Impact of SRTS programs on walking and biking

From Active Living Research, a new report examines Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs and their impact on children’s ability to walk or bicycle to school. Created in 2005, SRTS programs are designed to increase children’s safety and access to walking or bicycling to schools through road improvements, community engagement and other educational efforts. Read the report>>>

Congrats, Springfield!

Congratulations, Springfield! In late December, the City Council of Springfield voted unanimously to adopt a Complete Streets policy. Community leaders and residents of Springfield has been working for many years to create safe roadways for all users, whether on foot, bicycle, bus or car. These efforts have included Springfield’s Field Guide 2030, a strategic plan that outlines the direction the community will take in order to meet the demands of the 21st century, including making streets and neighborhoods more vibrant and accessible for all users. Continue reading →

Tourism up ahead!

Imagine walking down the sidewalks of a charming downtown area in Missouri. Around you are the brightly colored awnings of a locally owned businesses, and just up ahead, there’s a group of teenagers going into the ice cream shop. It’s summer, and hot, and now that you think of it, all this walking is making you hungry, too. You should go into the ice cream shop as well, but on your way there, you see a shoe store. It’s August, time for back to school, Continue reading →

Regional training helps rural police departments with Livable Streets

Representatives from the Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments recently shared their insights and successes from a Livable Streets training designed specifically for law enforcement professionals in rural areas. Law enforcement professionals from Audrain, Marion, Monroe, Macon, Ralls, Randolph, Pike and Shelby were invited to participate in a Missouri Livable Streets training session that covered key bicycling regulations that police officers need to know. Read more>>>

Livable Streets a complement to Bowling Green

As more community members are lacing up their shoes and walking, city leaders of Bowling Green, Mo., are taking notice. Bowling Green City Administrator Dan Lang recently shared his observations on these subtle but important changes, as well as how he sees Livable Streets policies as a strategy that can help his small, rural community in northeastern Missouri. Follow Bowling Green’s journey on Livable Streets>>>