Living Streets

Living streets balance the needs of motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders in ways that promote safety and convenience, enhance community identity, create economic vitality, improve environmental sustainability, and provide meaningful opportunities for active living and better health. The Living Streets Policy defines Edinas vision for Living Streets and the principles and plans that will guide implementation.

Benefits of Living Streets

Living Streets foster safe travel for everyone. Living Streets include a mix of people and uses.

Public Health & The Environment
Living Streets encourage physical activity and can result in better air and water quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Transportation Choice
Living Streets support multiple ways of getting around, including driving, walking, biking and using mass transit. These transportation options result in a community more accessible for people of all ages, including those who are not able, cannot afford or choose not to drive.

Economic Benefits
It has been demonstrated that public investment in Living Streets features helps attract new jobs, businesses and increased sales for merchants. Living Streets can also boost property values.

Community Identity

Living Streets lead to social interaction and reflect the unique character of individual neighborhoods. Living Streets encourage residents to take pride in and identify with their streets and public spaces.

The Living Streets Policy ties directly to key community goals outlined in the City’s 2008 Comprehensive Plan. Those goals include safe walking, bicycling and driving, reduced storm water runoff, reduced energy consumption, and promoting health. The Living Streets Policy also compliments voluntary City initiatives such as the “” effort related to community health, and the Tree City USA and the Green Step Cities programs related to sustainability. In other cases, the Living Streets Policy will assist the City in meeting mandatory requirements set by other agencies. For example, the Living Streets Policy supports the City’s Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan which addresses mandates established under the Clean Water Act.

Living Streets Plan
The Living Streets Policy provided the framework for the Living Streets Plan. The Living Streets Plan was approved by City Council on May 6, 2015. Transportation Planner Mark Nolan worked with internal and external advisory groups to draft its content and present it to the community. The Living Streets Plan addresses how the Policy is implemented by providing more detailed information on street design, traffic calming, bike facilities, landscaping and lighting, as well as best practices for community engagement during the design process. Lastly, existing and future supporting plans such as the Bicycle Plan, Active Routes to Schools, Sidewalk Priority Plan and the Capital Improvement Plan will help to identify which projects are priorities with respect to this plan.

Presentation to City Council

Living Streets External Advisory Group:

Human Rights & Relations Commission member Arnie Bigbee, Planning Commission member Claudia Carr, Transportation Commission member Jennifer Janovy, Park Board member Ellen Jones, Arts & Culture Commission member Bill McCabe, Transportation Commission member Paul Nelson, Planning Commission member Mike Platteter, Energy & Environment Commission member Julie Risser, Energy & Environment Commission member Paul Thompson and Transportation Commission member Courtney Whited.