Boston’s streets need your help

Cambridge Street in Allston is a main focus of Complete Streets.
Cambridge Street in Allston is a main focus of Complete Streets. –Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

From buses to bicyclists and pedestrians to cars, Boston’s streets have a history of being crowded and, in some areas, unsafe. But a redesign of city streets that keeps all kinds of commuters in mind could change that.

The Complete Streets movement aims to redesign roads, making them more accessible for pedestrians, bikers, and buses in addition to the cars that dominate them, Public Radio International reported. Centering design around what travelers of all types need—bike lanes, sidewalks, bus lanes, smarter parking meters—Complete Streets’ policies attempt to address old complaints with fresh ideas that make roads more “friendly,’’ shared spaces.

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While the local focus will be on Allston’s Cambridge Street, the movement isn’t contained to Boston. With a federal Complete Streets policy underway and The Safe Streets Act making its way through the House and the Senate, the concept behind Complete Streets is gaining traction nationwide.

Read the full story from Public Radio International here.

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