Clayton works with Trailnet to adopt new Complete Streets Policies
A new set of rules governing how the City of Clayton builds and maintains its streets to accommodate people walking, using mobility devices, biking and using transit is now law.
Trailnet began working with city leaders to update its Complete Streets Policies last year and the policies were approved by the Clayton Board of Aldermen last month.
Complete Streets Policies are a collection of rules that communities adopt to govern how they build and maintain their streets. These policies are passed in order to prioritize the safety of people walking, biking, using wheelchairs, and other non-car transportation, as well as improve safety for people driving.
Clayton’s reformed policies are a result of Trailnet and the city working to:
- Improve rules governing equity
- Update design standards
- Modernize how the success of these projects is measured
- Clarify when exceptions to these rules can be applied
- Improve how street projects are selected
Clayton’s original complete streets ordinance was adopted in 2012, but over the years, national standards for complete streets evolved to further prioritize the needs of people outside of cars. With that shift, Clayton’s policies required this important update.
These changes were vital to create streets that balance the safety and needs of everyone using the street.