The look and feel of Regina’s streets is changing.
The City of Regina Transportation Master Plan includes the Framework for Complete Streets. This framework is meant to outline concepts and be a first step towards adopting a formal policy.
Complete Streets is a design approach that changes the purpose of a roadway from moving as much motorized traffic as possible to a street that can meet the needs of all users, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. It includes increased priority on bike and transit lanes, more trees and greenery, more patios, wider sidewalks and pathways, more separated sidewalks and sidewalks on both sides of the street in more communities. All of this, the City believes, will encourage more travel by transit, bikes and walking. This will help support a vibrant, active and Complete Neighbourhood.
There are many benefits to City of Regina developing a Complete Streets policy. It would:
- Make the needs of all users the default for everyday transportation planning and practices.
- Make streets better through all City and development initiatives, not just capital planning initiatives.
- Save money by getting it right the first time.
- Gradually create a complete network of roads that serve all users.
- Provide City of Regina political and community support for innovative solutions that help make active living possible.
This type of planning is important to keep Regina growing and improving. We need to continue to offer more transportation options, ensure our communities are inclusive and welcoming to existing and new residents.