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