Over the last 50 years, America’s streets have been designed and built for the automobile. But as communities and their residents have completed fewer trips to the store on foot, there has been a growing shift in perspective. That perspective has shifted away to designing streets and communities for cars, and returning to design streets and pathways for people: no matter age, ability or modality.
With changing energy costs and demographics the state, Missouri leaders are recognizing that more citizens need different transportation options for a variety of budgets and abilities. Leaders are also recognizing the health benefits related with walking, biking and getting to know our communities and neighbors. Part of the solution lies in the national movement called Livable Streets. You may have heard this movement referred to other names, including Complete Streets. With Livable Streets or Complete Streets, the names are different but the spirit is the same: making our streets, roadways and sidewalks accessible, safe, efficient and useable for all people.
It is important to note that there is no one way to build a Livable Street or Livable Community. Each community decides what they need. Some examples include:
- Sidewalks and crosswalks
- Wheelchair ramps and curb cuts
- Bicycle lanes or paths for mixed-use
- Bus stops, parking facilities (Park and Ride)
- Driving lanes for buses and cars.