To date, 23 Missouri communities have passed Livable Streets or Complete Streets policies. These are policies that encourage street design that considers all end-users: bicyclists, walkers, runners, seniors and motorists. Until now, little was known about how these policies were passed, why they were passed, and whether they helped a community. Working with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Health Communication Research Center (HCRC) conducted a study of key informants from Missouri communities that had passed these policies, in hopes to learn the answers to these questions, better understand how to improve upon them.
The results are compiled in a new report based on insights and findings from communities across Missouri. Several opportunities for advancing Livable Streets policies emerged in the following areas: including:
• Partnership building
• Education and technical assistance on evaluation
• Implementation solutions
• Communication and outreach