Baltimore Among Nationwide “Complete Streets” Leaders

Smart Growth America, a national organization promoting sensible planning approaches, has named Baltimore City among its top US sites for “Complete Streets”

Baltimore ranks in the top five US cities for “complete streets” programs, according to Smart Growth America, a leading organization promoting such policies. From their website:

Pedestrian fatalities have reached epidemic proportions, with more than 49,340 people walking being struck and killed by drivers between 2008 and 2017, according to Dangerous by Design 2019. At the same time, inactivity is a looming public health crisis. But Complete Streets offer a solution to both, making it safer and more appealing for people of all ages to walk, bike, or take transit to their destinations.

This year, in our annual evaluation of Complete Streets policies, we use a new and improved framework that elevates both equity and implementation to grade policies.

City Council Member Ryan Dorsey, lead sponsor of the city legislation establishing the program, touted the recognition through social media:

SGA will be hosting an online webinar for local officials to learn more about complete streets programs:

To learn more about the new, stronger Complete Streets framework or our grading methodology, or to hear first-person stories from several of the communities featured in the report, tune in to our webinar on Thursday, May 16 at 1:00 pm ET.

Register for the webinar

Visit the SGA website to read more, or to download a copy of the full report.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties