City council embraces “Complete Streets”

At its Sept. 29 meeting, the San Antonio city council formally adopted a Complete Streets policy with a unanimous vote. (One council member was absent.) This move is crucial as all strategic planning—involving city projects and city-private partnerships—will now need to adhere to tactics for making streets more usable for motorists, transit users, cyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

The new policy includes five principles:

  • The city supports Complete Streets, which best serve users or potential users that a street may have.
  • The city supports healthy living and fitness
  • The city supports pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods.
  • Commercial areas will be enhanced through the application of the Complete Streets policy.
  • The city will maximize the benefits of projects through application of the Complete Streets policy.

“Together, the five principles… are intended to help San Antonio strive to decrease congestion, enhance travel options, encourage healthy living, and support vital neighborhoods and commercial centers,” the city’s planning department says.