More bike lanes and sidewalks could be in store for South Bend under Complete Streets policy

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

More sidewalks, bike lanes and roundabouts could be in store for South Bend streets under a new policy proposed by Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The Complete Streets policy is similar to the Smart Streets initiative in that it calls for modifications to streets that can be used by drivers, pedestrians, public transportation riders and bicyclists.

  • UPDATE 11/11/15: The policy was passed by the Board of Public Works on Nov. 10.

Possible projects that would be completed under the policy include adding sidewalks, bike lanes, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands and accessible pedestrian signals. Curb extensions, narrower travel lanes and roundabouts may also be part of the policy.

“Great cities have well-designed streets, and forward-looking design decisions will help accelerate our city’s comeback,” Buttigieg said in a statement. “A Complete Streets policy means that our streets will be safer, friendlier to cyclists and pedestrians, and better able to support quality of life in South Bend.”

The Board of Public Works will consider the policy during its Nov. 10 meeting.

The policy is encouraged by the Mayors’ Challenge, a U.S. Department of Transportation initiative that South Bend accepted earlier this year. The goal is to provide safety and convenience for everyone using the road, including drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and public transportation riders.