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An ordinance relating to Seattle's Complete Streets policy, stating guiding principles and practices so that transportation improvements are planned, designed and constructed to encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users.
The ordinance requires the operator of a motor vehicle to create a safe environment for a Vulnerable Road User, including pedestrians, a person on horseback, and persons operating equipment other than a motor vehicle, by giving them space on the road and yielding the right of way.
The ballot measure would fund Metro bus service and other road safety, maintenance and transportation improvements in King County by authorizing the King County Transportation District to impose, for a period of ten years, a sales and use tax of 0.1% and an annual vehicle fee of sixty dollars ($60) per registered vehicle, with a twenty dollar ($20) rebate for low-income individuals. If approved, sixty (60) percent of the proceeds would fund Metro bus service. The rest would be split among King County cities and unincorporated King County area on a per-capita basis.
This report contains hundreds of specific policy reforms spanning eight broad areas of local government policy and responsibility: economic development and job creation; infrastructure; municipal revenue; job standards; housing; education; health; and civil rights. In each area, the report first describes the importance of taking action on it and the general goals of progressive policy. Second, the report describes key proven strategies for reaching those goals and identifies several specific steps that cities can take toward their effective implementation within those strategies, citing specific examples in each case.
This ordinance creates a Transportation Demand Management program that promotes efficient utilization of existing transportation facilities, reduces traffic congestion and mobile source pollution, and ensures that new developments are designed in ways to maximize the potential for alternative transportation usage. The program combines services, incentives, facilities, and actions to reduce single occupancy vehicle trips which will relieve traffic congestion, allow parking flexibility, and reduce air pollution.
The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan defines a set of actions, to be completed within 10 years, to make Seattle the best community for bicycling in the United States. By increasing support for bicycling, the city will make its transportation system more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable.
This report provides a brief but comprehensive overview of metropolitan planning organization reform. This report unpacks the concept of metropolitan planning organizations in a useful and efficient way and describes how these organizations may have both positive and negative effects on metropolitan infrastructure, democratic representation, and commerce. It examines these negative impacts and responses to these issues, including calls for metropolitan planning organization reform. This report evaluates options for reform and closes by evaluating a number of exemplary metropolitan planning organization reforms in states and municipalities.
To provide transportation funding, the ordinance imposes a 30 year .5 percent tax on all retail sales within Los Angeles County and a 30 year .5 percent tax on the storage, use or other consumption in Los Angeles County of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer. The ordinance allocates all funds generated by the tax for transportation in LA County, establishing four separate sub-funds with minimum spending amounts for each.
This workbook is a starting point for local leaders to begin mapping out a complete streets policy to foster safe and accessible roads for all road users in a community, including drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and other motorists. The workbook emphasizes the need for local leaders to examine the community's needs, vision, and goals in creating a complete streets policy. The workbook includes an overview of Complete Streets policies across the nation, recommendations for how to commit to a community vision, detailed explanations of best practices, and a step-by-step guide to get policies from planning into practical implementation.
Many cities include minimum parking requirements in their zoning codes and provide ample parking for public use. However, parking is costly to provide and encourages increased automobile use, which is linked to traffic congestion, environmental degradation, and negative health and safety impacts. This study analyzed the relationship between increased parking and increases in automobile use. Results show that an increase in parking provision from 0.1 to 0.5 parking space per person was associated with an increase in automobile mode share of roughly 30 percentage points; these findings warrant policies to restrict and reduce parking capacity in cities.