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Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Blog, Pierce County | 0 comments

‘Complete Streets’ for Pierce County

PierceCoLanes

Wide shoulders and visible bike lanes, like these in the Puyallup area, make Pierce County cycling safer.

Future cycling in the growing suburbs of Tacoma just got better, because the Pierce County Council voted in “Complete Streets.”

In an ordinance passed on Aug. 5 and effective Aug. 29, the council endorsed the road construction concept to make roadways safe and convenient for all modes of travel.

Complete Streets has been endorsed by many communities across the state and the nation. It strives to bring all street and road user needs to the table when new roads are created or roads are redesigned or rebuilt. That includes sidewalks for pedestrians, better transit-user access and safety, and some allowance for bicycles.

The best idea is to build a road wide enough for safe bike lanes and consider bicycle safety and access at major intersections. Sometimes it’s just a matter of having a paved shoulder.

Foothills at Orting

The Foothills Trail at Orting is a great cycling facility, but city streets connecting to the trail in this growing community will be safer thanks to Complete Streets.

Washington Bikes has been promoting Complete Streets for many years, which is a major reason for giving them your financial support.

Seattle, Tacoma, Spokane and a number of other towns and cities have endorsed Complete Streets but, according to a Washington Bikes tally, Pierce County is the first to do it on a countwide level.

With suburban growth requiring new roads and widening in many places, this ordinance should go a long ways toward safer cycling in the county.

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