Where the Sidewalks End: Assessing the Progress of Complete Streets Policies in Keene, New Hampshire

Authors: Michael Murphy*, , Vincent Saputo*, Keene State College, Julie Elwell*, , Brendan Felix, Keene State College
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: complete streets
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Throughout the 20th Century, transportation planning and funding in the United States had almost exclusively revolved around the automobile. More recently, increasing consideration has been given to accommodating the needs of all forms of transportation in communities of all sizes across the country. This nascent effort has come to be known as the “Complete Streets” movement. In 2015, the City of Keene, New Hampshire joined hundreds of other communities across the country by passing a resolution to adopt policies that ensure the consideration of all forms of transportation during the planning process of street design and phases of reconstruction. A key pillar of success for Complete Streets policies is continued evaluation. This project highlights the many community benefits offered by inclusive street design through secondary research analysis. The current “completeness” of streets in Keene is assessed and mapped with GIS applications using data collected by the authors. Public opinions are gathered through survey distribution and statistical analysis.

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