Washington-DC Area Planning Board Approves Complete Streets Policy

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board, representing the nation's capital and 22 counties in Maryland and Virginia has voted to approve a complete streets policy.

Though it does not contain the force of law, the vote pushes local governments to:

"create or adapt transportation facilities that safely and appropriately accommodate motorized and non-motorized users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, freight vehicles, emergency vehicles, and transit riders of all ages and abilities."

Only one member of the 35-member board voted against the recommendation.

Lewis Miller, a board spokesman, says some initial opposition fell away after board members, who are appointed by the local governments, realized the proposal was a best practices recommendation, not a mandate.