Oxford, MS | Complete Streets Report (PDF) | Sept 2008

Michael Ronkin. Designing Streets for Bicyclists and Pedestrians and Michael Moule Livable Streets, Inc.

Executive Summary

Complete Streets Policy

The overarching recommendation is for the City of Oxford to adopt a "Complete Streets" policy so all users (drivers, bicyclists, transit users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities) are routinely considered during the planning, design, construction, and operation of all roadways. The complete streets concept focuses not just on individual roads but on changing the decision-making and design process: it requires policy and institutional changes. A complete streets policy assumes bicyclist and pedestrian needs are met on every street project. It does not mean that every street looks the same: user needs, context, costs, environmental impacts and other externalities are considered in the decision-making process. With this approach, a stand-alone Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan may no longer be needed; the recommendations contained in the existing plan can be folded into a revised comprehensive plan or transportation plan that incorporates the complete streets approach.

Specific Recommendations

This report also contains recommendations for selected policies, standards, designs and project recommendations in existing plans that fold in complete streets concepts. Others are more specific design details that simply serve pedestrians and bicyclists better; in most cases they serve drivers better too. The City of Oxford Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and the Land Development Code are reviewed in greater detail. Summary of outstanding recommendations:

Oxford Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Land Development Code

Mississippi DOT issues

University of Mississippi Issues

Proposed Complete Streets Guiding Principles

The Complete Street Coalition recommends these principles, elements and implementation strategies:

  1. The Principle
  1. Elements of a Good Complete Streets Policy
  1. Implementation; an effective complete streets policy should prompt The City of Oxford to:

Model Guiding Principle; This sample policy could be adapted to meet Oxford's need, context and conditions:

Oxford will plan for, design and construct all new transportation projects to provide appropriate accommodation for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and persons of all abilities, while promoting safe operation for all users. This principle will apply to roads and streets built by the city and private developers. The complete streets principle will be incorporated into the city's; Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan; Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Land Development Code and other City plans, manuals, rules, regulations and programs as appropriate. All transportation projects shall reflect the land-use, historic character and transportation needs of the local community and the citywide transportation network and adhere to the latest and best design guidelines.

Exceptions to any bicyclist, pedestrian and/or transit element may be granted to private developers only under the procedures outlined in the Land Development Code.

Exceptions to the policy for city projects may be granted only under the following conditions: