Wellington ranked as the 8th best Complete Streets policy in a new report from Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. Evaluations were conducted using the Complete Streets Policy Framework, a national model of best practices to create a Complete Streets policy that can be implemented at any level of governance, in any type of community.
“Residents should feel safe traveling in Wellington, no matter how they choose to get around,” said Village Manager Jim Barnes. “This nationally recognized policy is a good step towards improving safety for all of our residents and visitors.”
“A strong Complete Streets policy is a crucial step to combatting the historic increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States,” said Beth Osborne, VP of Transportation and Thriving Communities at Smart Growth America. “We applaud Wellington’s commitment to creating a policy that is poised to produce tangible improvements that will make their streets safer. ”
The Best Complete Streets Policies Report 2023 evaluates and ranks the 157 Complete Streets policies passed across the country since 2019, in jurisdictions of many sizes and contexts. Complete Streets is an approach to planning, designing, building, and maintaining streets that enable safe access for everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities. This approach emphasizes the needs of those who have experienced systemic underinvestment, or whose needs are not met through traditional transportation approaches, representing a paradigm shift from a status quo that prioritizes moving vehicles quickly at the expense of pedestrian safety.