for everyone, regardless of age or ability – motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders.
What are Complete Streets?
In June of 2013, Waterloo created the “Complete Streets Advisory Committee” that would ensure that current and future roads are safe for all road users. The committee comprised of Staff and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff, business representatives and community members appointed by the Mayor and City Council review transportation improvement projects to recommend enhancements that accommodate and encourage travel and use by bicyclists, public transit passengers and pedestrians. These changes help improve accessibility while providing social, economic and environmental benefits to the city of Waterloo.
They do this by:
- Discourage speeding by design of the streets
- Encourage walking, biking, and/or public transit use throughout the city
- Provide accessibility to all, regardless of age or physical ability
In addition, this committee encourages future projects to incorporate these “Complete Streets” elements.
- ADA accessibility
- Dedicated unloading zones
- Dedicated mass transit facilities
- Narrow vehicle lanes
- Wide sidewalks
- Pedestrian amenities
- Signal timing that reinforces safe speeds
- Signal-protected pedestrian crossings
- Pedestrian islands on multi-lane streets
- Protected bike lanes
This committee meets the last Tuesday of every month at 1:30 pm at City Hall.
History Of Complete Streets Advisory Committee (CSAC)
- 2013: Complete Streets Policy approved by the Waterloo City Council and CSAC formed
- 2014: Complete Streets Policy recognizes by Smart Growth America as a "Best Complete Streets Policy of 2013"
- 2018: Administrative rules updated
- 2019: Created infill policy for recommending sidewalk infill projects for CIP (Capital Improvement Programs) funding