Baltimore City Adopts First Complete Streets Manual

Baltimore City officials announced the City has adopted its first Complete Streets Manual, in order to ensure the city’s infrastructure is planned, designed, and constructed to prioritize the safety, comfort, and convenience of residents and visitors.

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott and Department of Transportation (BCDOT) Director Steve Sharkey announced the adoption of the Complete Streets Manual yesterday.

In 2018, the City adopted its Complete Streets Ordinance to change Baltimore City’s transportation infrastructure by elevating the priority of pedestrians, bicyclists, and users of public transit and shared mobility. The ordinance sought to address historical equities in street design and ensure that our roadways are designed to accommodate all users in a data informed manner.

After the ordinance was adopted, BCDOT developed a draft Complete Streets Manual and has been finalizing the manual with input from the Complete Streets Advisory Committee, members of various community groups, and the general public.

From the press release:

“The Complete Streets Manual influences the way we plan and design our transportation infrastructure to promote equity and safety for people walking, biking, and using transit,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “We are committed to providing a transportation system that accommodates all users to increase the quality of life, safety, accessibility and mobility for the residents of Baltimore City.”

“Today’s adoption of the city’s first Complete Streets Manual will ensure that our infrastructure is planned, designed and constructed to accommodate all users of the transportation system,” said Transportation Director Sharkey. “The implementation of a Complete Streets network will provide residents with additional transportation choices, improved accessibility, and a more welcoming street environment for better livability in City communities.”

View more information on Baltimore City’s Complete Streets Manual.

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