Complete Streets Workshop

Active Transportation Alliance


Tuesday, June 21, 2011
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

Chicago, IL, United States

CM | 6.75

Add to My Log


The Complete Streets Workshop will provide participating planners from CPPW Model Communities with the requisite knowledge to develop Complete Streets policies for their municipalities. Topics to be covered include an introduction to Complete Streets and an overview of the 10 major elements of a succesful policy. Participants will spend the afternoon working with trained facilitators to identify their local community needs and create a locally-tailored policy. Effective complete streets policies help communities routinely create safe and inviting road networks for everyone, including bicyclists, drivers, transit operators and users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. The National Complete Streets Coalition, founder of the complete streets movement, has created a workshop series to respond to state and local agencies’ need to learn how to balance the needs of all users, and develop and implement effective policies. Each interactive workshop is led by two nationally-known complete streets design and policy experts. 1. Complete Streets Introduction Key stakeholders will • Build a common understanding of complete streets • Consider several types of successful complete streets policies • Compare how complete streets designs use existing right-of-way • Apply complete streets tools to local examples 2. Complete Streets Policy Development In a collaborative process, participants will • Contrast the nine elements of effective complete streets policies with existing policies and internal procedures • Identify area complete streets goals and performance measures • Create draft language for a customized complete streets policy 3. Complete Streets Policy Implementation Through hands-on exercises, participants will • Assess existing complete streets policy and decision-making process outcomes • Identify ways to strengthen polices and the four steps to more effectively implement them • Demonstrate a six-step decision-making process to routinely include and balance the needs of all users These workshops engage • Traffic engineering, public works, roadway design, and maintenance staff • Transportation, community development, and land use planners • Bicycle, pedestrian, transit, Safe Routes to School, and health promotion staff • Mayors and other elected officials; city, county and planning commissioners; MPO boards • Stakeholders and advocates for older adults, people with disabilities, children, walking, bicycling, transit, health, and the environment


Paul Lippens

Confirmed Speaker

Paul Lippens is the Cook County Complete Streets Coordinator for Active Transportation Alliance. He is the primary author for Cook County's new design guidelines for implementing Complete Streets. He did similar work for the Indianapolis metropolitan region and City of Ann Arbor. Read More