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 Release Date: February 18, 2014
Piqua Recognized as National Leader in Creating Streets That Work for Everyone - 
Policy Adopted Last Year Among the Best in the Nation According to Smart Growth America's National Complete Streets Coalition

Click Here to See  "The Best Complete Street Policies of 2013" Report

Click Above to See "The Best Complete Street Policies of 2013" Report

Piqua has been recognized as a national leader in making streets safer and more convenient for everyone who uses them, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of national non-profit Smart Growth America.

The assessment is based on Piqua's Complete Streets policy, passed last year, which encourages planners and engineers to design and build streets that are safe and convenient for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.

The National Complete Streets Coalition reviewed every policy passed in the United States in 2013 and scored each according to 10 elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy.

Piqua's policy ranked ninth nationwide, scoring a total of 82.4 points out of 100. The town of Littleton, MA, is home to 2013's top policy, with a total of 94.4 points.

"The citizens of Piqua recognize the practical benefits of Complete Streets and appreciate the positive influence the policy has on quality of life in our community", said Chris Schmiesing, City Planner for the City of Piqua.

"Community leaders and transportation practitioners are working together in small towns and big cities, and across almost every state in the nation to pass policies that will ensure that future transportation investments create Complete Streets," said Roger Millar, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

"A lot of this year's policies direct additional action on Complete Streets. That's a huge part of turning words on paper into better, safer streets," said Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. "Seeing the benefits of that on-the-ground change in other communities is a big part of why so many cities are adopting Complete Streets policies today."

Nationwide, a total of 610 jurisdictions in 48 states have Complete Streets policies in place.

See more information about the winning policies and evaluation criteria at the Smart Growth America web site.

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, a program of Smart Growth America, seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed and constructed. Complete Streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design with all users in mind.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring better development to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods.

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