Creating Momentum for Complete Streets in Prince George’s County

Recently, staff and elected leaders of nine municipalities from Prince George’s County attended a National Complete Streets Coalition workshop to learn more about the steps needed to write, adopt, and implement an effective Complete Streets policy.. The workshop sought to bring together multiple communities in order to capitalize on the strong network of cities and towns in the county, and create a network for peer support as communities work to adopt Complete Streets policies.

The State of Maryland and Prince George’s County both have Complete Streets policies. Most of the communities in the county have state and county roads within their boundaries and some do not own any of their roads. The workshop attendees indicated they wanted their policies to align with the state and county policies. A Complete Streets policy will help these communities clearly articulate their commitment to multi-modal travel when the state and county undertake roadwork in their jurisdictions.

Also discussed was the importance for a pedestrian or bicyclist to have the ability to easily travel from one community to another. For example, Mt. Rainier is known for public art and Hyattsville has an abundance of restaurants. These communities are adjacent to one another, but there is currently not a pleasant or safe way to walk or bicycle between them. Adopting Complete Streets policies will aid the communities in creating a multi-jurisdictional network that facilitates safe and easy travel for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The workshop was co-hosted by the Greater Washington DC Safe Routes to School Network and the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign of the Mid-Atlantic. Taking advantage of their related missions, the greater Washington DC network and the HEAL Cities and Towns Campaign were able to support communities with a pre-workshop Complete Streets 101 webinar. The communities will also be provided with technical assistance conference calls and webinars to ensure they have the support they need for policy adoption.

Partnerships, both in hosting the workshop and in policy adoption, are a key outcome of the Complete Streets workshop. We look forward to many of these communities adopting Complete Streets policies in the future, and improving safety for walking and bicycling in Prince George’s County and the cities and towns within the county.

This blog post is cross posted on the HEAL Cities and Towns of the Mid-Atlantic and Safe Routes to School National Partnership websites.

Track 20 participants by midnight and win up to $150 for your school!

It’s Time to Fire Up Your Feet!

Our first weekly breakout challenge ends tonight at midnight, and we still have awards to give away! Just track an activity for at least 20 individuals to be eligible. You can easily win this award for your school with just 10 minutes of your time. Here’s how:

  • Register as a coordinator at fireupyourfeet.org
  • Using the coordinator tracker, create a group (for example, “Smith classroom” or “PE class”)
  • Add 20 or more students, parents or school staff to the group (Hint: Your child’s classroom probably has at least 20 students in it!)
  • Track an activity for the entire group with one click. Bicycling to school, recess, walking, sports, PE class – it all counts!

That’s it! More specific information about Challenge in Awards is available for the Baltimore region (including Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties), Virginia and Washington DC.

Contact Christine (christine@saferoutespartnership.org) with any questions about how it all works.

Thanks!
Christine