Portland 'Complete Streets' policy 1 of 10 best

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PORTLAND — The city’s plan for “complete streets” is one of the 10 best such policies in the country, the National Complete Streets Coalition announced last week.

The coalition, based in Washington, D.C., helps towns and cities nationwide design streets to accommodate all users – whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper.

Portland ranked No. 6 among the 488 municipalities, counties, regions and states that have adopted complete-streets policies. The ranking was based on the coalition’s evaluation of policies on the basis of their vision, inclusion of street users, performance measures and other criteria.

The City Council approved Portland’s policy last December. It calls for a multimodal approach to constructing, renovating and maintaining the city’s roadways with consideration of all their users. The city has already begun to incorporate the policy in planning improvements for Franklin, Spring and outer Congress streets, and Forest Avenue, according to a press release.