Stick to the Complete Streets Ordinance
Complete Streets are streets designed to safely and comfortably accommodate multiple forms of traffic, including walking, biking, and mass transit. In April 2015, Little Rock's Board of Directors passed a Complete Streets Ordinance, demonstrating the City's commitment to building a transportation network that is more accessible to people of all ages and incomes, encourages active, healthy lifestyles, and promotes Little Rock's economic development. In April 2016, Little Rock's Complete Streets Ordinance was recognized as one of the ten best Complete Streets policies of 2015 by Smart Growth America.
Installing bike lanes to make the bicycle a safe and convenient transportation option in Little Rock is one part of Complete Streets. Therefore, in order to facilitate installation of quality bike lanes that decrease bike commuter stress, we need to allow the Complete Streets Ordinance to inform a new way of viewing our transportation network and a new way of making decisions regarding what facilities should be included on our streets.
Action Step – Modify Planning Documents: The Ordinance shows the direction the Board of Directors wants for our transportation network. Other documents, such as the Master Street Plan and Master Bike Plan, should be amended to reflect the language of the Ordinance. This may sound trivial, but the contents of these documents inform what infrastructure is possible on different streets and what infrastructure gets installed.
Action Step – Complete Streets Checklist: Public Works is considering the Complete Streets Ordinance in all new development and on all resurfaced streets. Several staff members, including the BikePed Coordinator, comment about how the Ordinance affects each project. Regarding bicycle facilities, this checklist process is particularly important now because the Master Bike Plan is in need of revision (see below). While the current version of the Master Bike Plan shows critical routes for bike infrastructure, this checklist process has the potential to identify important bike routes not on the Master Bike Plan.