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Complete Streets

The Mass in Motion MV is in cooperation with the MV Commission developing interactive maps for residents and visitors to use for hiking, biking and getting around the Island. See samples here.

The Mass in Motion MV would like all the Island towns to consider adoption of a Complete Streets policy:

Complete Streets Policy –Draft February 2014

Complete Streets considers all transportation options like walking, bicycling, and public transit in the design and implementation of new road construction and roadway improvements.  Because we believe that all legitimate users of transportation systems are deserving of safe facilities to accommodate their travel needs, this Complete Streets policy is adopted by (name of town)      to demonstrate commitment to develop and maintain a safe, efficient, balanced, and environmentally sound transportation system.

Complete Streets will enhance safety, mobility, accessibility and convenience for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and motorists, and for people of all ages and abilities by planning, designing, operating, and maintaining the local network of paths and roads and connecting to the regional network on Martha’s Vineyard.

Given the rural character and environment on Martha’s Vineyard, design flexibility in accommodating different modes of travel is essential to balance the needs of all corridor users. Therefore, Complete Streets will not look the same in all environments, communities, or development contexts, and will not necessarily include separate or exclusive elements for all modes.

The opportunity to develop Complete Streets will be a priority as part of every transportation and development project in order to make implementation of enhancements part of the routine maintenance or improvement process.

Critical linkages for the community, such as, safe routes to school or to senior centers, as well as connections between towns, will be inventoried and prioritized for improvements.

Applicable design standards and best practices will be followed in conjunction with construction, reconstruction, changes in allocation of pavement space on an existing roadway, or other changes in community corridors. The planning, design, and implementation processes for all pathway and roadway corridors will:

  • Involve decision making from our community and stakeholders,
  • Consider the multi-functions of the road,
  • Integrate innovative and non-traditional design options,
  • Consider pathway corridor alignment and connectivity,  
  • Assess the current and future needs of all corridor users,  
  • Include documentation of efforts to accommodate all modes and all users,
  • Incorporate a review of existing system plans to identify Complete Streets opportunities.
With this Complete Streets policy, _____________  [Dukes County – Town of ___], __________, 2014, desires to work toward implementation of an improved transportation system for better health and enjoyment of our residents and visitors.

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