Complete Streets (Companion Effort)
To complete the route and add additional connectivity, the plan was designed to work in complement with the concept of “Complete Streets,” which are streets designed and operated so as to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
With support from the Capital District Transportation Committee, Alta Planning + Design helped the city develop a “Complete Streets Plan,” approved unanimously by the City Council in early 2017, that is in keeping with the city’s previously adopted Complete Streets Policy (Slated for updating), and supported by a Complete Streets Advisory Board.
“The Complete Streets Policy encompasses the design, planning, and operations of transportation systems in the City, and will accommodate and encourage travel by cyclists, pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and public transportation users, in accordance with established best practices. The implementation of a Complete Streets Policy can improve the economic vitality of the community, and its fiscal requirements can be addressed and mitigated through updated planning practices. In addition, the policy allows for documented exceptions where costs cannot be mitigated.”
– Excerpt from; The City of Saratoga Springs Complete Streets Policy, Adopted May 1, 2012, Executive Summary Page 3.