260557 San Antonio City Council adopts Complete Streets policy to promote healthy living and safe mobility

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Mary Thomas, MPH , Communities Putting Prevention to Work, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, San Antonio, TX
Marita Roos, MSc, RLA, AICP , Department of Planning and Development, City of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Maggie Thompson, MS , Health Program Manager, Communities Putting Prevention to Work, San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, San Antonio, TX
Introduction: The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is addressing the obesity epidemic through many initiatives to increase physical activity.. The aim is to implement population-based policy, systems and environmental changes using the MAPPS strategies recommended by CDC, which promote physical activity and healthy eating Methods: The Department of Planning and Community Development (Planning) began formulating a Complete Streets Policy, with funding from Metro Health (CPPW grant) The purpose of Complete Streets is to enhance choice of mobility, facilitate physical activity and recreation and improve quality of life, health and safety for all members of the community. The process began with a facilitated workshop attended by 45 participants from City departments and transportation agencies, and continued with stakeholder work-groups to create a draft policy that reflected the community needs and unique cultural setting of San Antonio. Planning developed several new tools for assessing streets for multimodal use, including a Project Checklist, Multimodal Level of Service analysis and an updated Major Thoroughfare Plan incorporating Complete Streets. Planning is working with numerous community partners to demonstrate Complete Street revitalization by building “Better Blocks” within a neighborhood. Results: The City of San Antonio adopted a Complete Streets Ordinance in September 2011. Discussion: The policy encourages active transportation allowing individuals to safely utilize public right-of-way for recreation and access to parks. It will promote safe pedestrian, bicycle and automobile travel for all ages and abilities in residential and mixed-use neighborhoods. Commercial corridors will be enhanced and pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods would increase in the city.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the interdisciplinary, multi-agency process used for drafting the policy ordinance by the Department of Planning and Community Development 2- Describe some of the benefits to the residents and neighborhoods 3- Discuss the benefits to the city administration and businesses (Project checklists, Multi-modal Level of Services (MMLOS) analysis, MMLOS training)

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Safety

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am part of the Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and responsible for monitoring the progress made in CPPW grant which funded the team in Planning and Development department of the City of San Antonio, to draft the policy and get it passed by City Council
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.