Moving Toward Completion: Barriers to Complete Streets Implementation in Metropolitan Boston.
Abstract: "Complete streets" are roadways designed for multiple modes of
transportation and their users, giving each mode the space it requires. Complete streets
are also intended to provide traffic, safety, and public health benefits. Often, Complete
Streets are created by retrofitting roads that have been designed primarily for
automobiles. Transportation trends show that car use has peaked, ... read moreand consumer preferences
indicate that many Americans want to live in walkable neighborhoods and communities. Given
this context, why have more cities and towns not adopted Complete Streets policies? Using
the Boston-metro region as a study area, this thesis examines potential benefits of and
barriers to adoption of Complete Streets policies and design standards. It then assesses
whether legislative or regulatory action can be implemented that would overcome these
barriers. The thesis concludes that while legislative and regulatory efforts can each
address certain barriers to Complete Streets implementation, other efforts need to be
undertaken to overcome and address all of the perceived and actual
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2013.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Barbara Parmenter.
Committee: Christine Cousineau.
Keyword: Urban planning.read less
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