“When we really make a shift
… to think about every street as
a complete street, it’ll be more at
the forefront to look at pedestrian
mobility and connectivity more
holistically and comprehensively.”
—Fleming El-Amin, former transportation planner, City of Raleigh, Raleigh, North
Carolina, USA, to The Atlantic Cities
PRojECT: Pedestrian-centered infrastructure upgrade
BUdgET: US$40 million
Po TENTiAl lENg Th oF NEW SidEWAlkS:
212 miles (341.2 kilometers)
When Raleigh, North Carolina, USA was ranked one of the least pedestrian-friendly
cities in the country in 2009, the local government put its best foot forward in an
attempt to transform the city’s streets.
“That was a bit of an eye-opener,” Fleming El-Amin, then-transportation planner
for the city, told The Atlantic Cities. “We said, maybe there’s something we needed
to do about this.”
The city’s planning department began the project by conducting hundreds of
community surveys. The project team then developed a prioritization system that
ranked nearly 200 sidewalk projects based on need and demand.
Construction on the first project launched earlier this year. To make sure those
new sidewalks actually get used, the team launched a pedestrian-awareness program with several partners to help change the area’s automobile-centric culture.
As part of the partnership, the team posted “Walk Raleigh” signs across the city
to inform commuters how quickly destinations can be reached by foot.