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Complete Streets and Implementation in Small Towns

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Abstract: As our transportation networks and infrastructure have become more andmore focused on automobiles, we have seen a number of problems, such as trafficcongestion, environmental damage, and health concerns. To combat this issue,there is a growing movement towards complete streets, which allow equal accessfor all modes of transportation. A large portion of this article extensivelyexplores the concept of complete streets from both an international anddomestic (US) perspective. In doing so, we identify many different ways cities across the world have implemented completestreets or increased transportation equity, which has led to a multitudeof societal benefits. However, the report also notes that most of theseimprovements have been made in urban settings, where it is easier to implementcomplete streets due to existing infrastructure, smaller distance betweendestination places, and ample financial resources. Complete streets are muchmore difficult to implement within small towns in rural settings, which isproblematic since these residents often have the least opportunity to useactive transportation modes. The final section of the report identifies thesechallenges within rural communities, offers suggestions regarding completestreet planning in these areas, and provides an in-depth process forimplementing complete streets in small towns.

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