City Council adopted a Complete Streets Policy, Complete Streets Design Standards and Sidewalk Master Plan on July 22, making Cedar Rapids the first in the state to use the best-practice template Los Angeles County Model Design Manual for Living Streets to achieve a Blue Zones Community Policy® pledge action. This passage places Cedar Rapids one step closer to achieving recognition as one of the first in the nation to become a certified Blue Zones Community®, a place where people Live Longer, Better®.
Complete Streets ensure that streets are designed for all users (bicyclists, pedestrians, transit, people of all pages and those living with disabilities), not just cars. Complete streets make it easy to cross streets, walk to shops and bike to work. They allow timely public transportation and safer walking environments. The policy ensures multi-modal design elements are automatically considered on new streets or major rehabilitation projects, and reflects a commitment to justify when multi-modal elements cannot be integrated. The policy reinforces efforts already underway to enhance transportation opportunities and encourage walkability and bike-friendly infrastructure.
Learn more about the policies by clicking links below.
Complete Streets Policy
Complete Streets Design Standards
- CHAPTER 5A - GENERAL INFORMATION
- CHAPTER 5C-1 - GEOMETRIC DESIGN CRITERIA
- CHAPTER 5C-2 - GEOMETRIC DESIGN ELEMENTS
- CHAPTER 5I - ACCESS MANAGEMENT
- CHAPTER 5K - TRANSIT ACCOMMODATIONS
- CHAPTER 5L - DESIGN SURVEYS
- CHAPTER 10 - STREET TREE CRITERIA
- CHAPTER 11 - STREET LIGHTING
- CHAPTER 12 - SIDEWALKS AND BICYCLE FACILITIES
*Updated October 15, 2014