The City of Memphis Complete Streets Project Delivery Manual supports the achievement of the vision set forth in the City’s Complete Streets policy. That is, the creation of an attractive, vibrant public realm that supports the diverse qualities of our neighborhoods and provides a robust, balanced transportation network that is safe, financially responsible, serves all users, and considers multiple modes of transportation. Realization of this vision depends on the routine application of Complete Streets principles in decision making, the establishment of performance metrics and evaluation, and a commitment to a coordinated project delivery process. This manual presents a structure for understanding and applying these concepts on an everyday basis, folding policy into practice. The process to develop the manual started in 2013, was completed and published in 2015, and adopted into the City’s Unified Development Code in 2016. The Roadway Regulatory Plan, which assigns a Complete Streets roadway typology to all existing and planned roads in the City of Memphis was completed in 2016. Use of the manual is currently ongoing and it is being integrated directly into the Memphis 3.0 comprehensive plan.
BLDG Memphis (then Livable Memphis/Community Development Council) was the co-project manager with City Engineering for the manual and received a Greenprint sub-planning grant to hire and manage the technical consultant, Active Transportation Alliance. This worked evolved out of the Mid-South Complete Streets Coalition and was guided by The Memphis Complete Streets Policy Development Team comprised of a number of private and public sector partners, such as MLGW, MATA, private developers, and others. The team engaged community members interested in active transportation and accessibility issues through a number of meetings, workshops, and stakeholder interviews. The Mid-South Complete Streets Coalition itself involved over 120 individuals and was engaged in key tasks throughout the project. A final public meeting was also held at Benjamin Hooks Library to engage with the public and present information on Complete Streets. The project was published and updated online at bikepedmemphis.com.
The ultimate goal is the creation of an attractive, vibrant public realm that supports the diverse qualities of our neighborhoods and provides a robust, balanced transportation network that is safe, financially responsible, serves all users, and considers multiple modes of transportation. The manual specifically provides for the routine application of Complete Streets principles in decision making, and will boost inter-agency coordination city-wide, as well as document transportation decision-making. Metrics include fewer crashes, injuries, and fatalities; increased infrastructure for transit, walking, and bicycling; and better access to work and other opportunities through multiple modes.