The Sioux Falls City Council passed an important resolution that will encourage safer transportation in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Complete Streets resolution is intended to make the city safer and more active by making sure all forms of transportation are considered in the street and neighborhood design process. The American Heart Association was an active advocate for this important policy resolution, and we thank our local advocates for encouraging city councilors to support this initiative.
A Complete Street is a street designed to accommodate all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, bicycle to work, and walk to destinations in a timely manner and in a safe environment.
A Complete Streets policy directs planners and engineers to routinely design and operate streets in manner that provides users safe access – no matter which mode of transportation they choose.
By incorporating complete streets elements, the city can provide safe and accessible networks for families in our community for walking, bicycling and accessing healthier foods. It’s also a great economic development tool to attract new people to our community and encourage young people, seniors and families to stay right here in Sioux Falls.