City of Indianapolis Seeks to Update Complete Streets Policy

Posted on 05/11/22 by Jason Tomcsi

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In 2012, Indianapolis enacted a Complete Streets ordinance that was considered the strongest in the nation at the time.

Ten years later, the ordinance is due for changes.

On May 2, Proposal Number 175, 2022 was introduced in the Indianapolis City-County Council and will update the current Complete Streets ordinance to ensure Indy’s roadways work for all people and multiple types of transportation.

Also included in the updated ordinance:

  • Adding enhanced transparency, more accountability, and definitions regarding exceptions to the policy
  • Requiring more frequent reporting including an annual presentation to the Council
  • Assessment and reporting of investments in underserved neighborhoods.

AARP Indiana strives to empower Hoosiers to live as they choose as they age. In doing so, our goal is to develop communities that allow individuals to age in place: to live in their homes and communities safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, ability, or income-level.

“Connectivity to basic needs such as food, employment, and family can be a challenge for Indianapolis residents of all ages,” Sarah Waddle, AARP Indiana state director, said. “The results of these infrastructure challenges can potentially be tragic for families.”

As Hoosiers grow older, one of the most critical factors in maintaining personal independence and fulfillment is their ability to move freely throughout their communities, accessing the goods, services, and social connections that they want and need. Therefore, the infrastructure that connects our Indianapolis neighborhoods must reflect the revised goals and direction of the proposed Complete Streets ordinance, including prioritizing the safety, comfort, accessibility, and public health of all road users.

“This update to the community’s Complete Streets policy is a positive step toward accountability that will help Indianapolis become safer and better connected, making it easier for older Hoosiers to age in place,” Waddle said.

The proposal was assigned to the Rules and Public Policy Committee and is expected to be heard at their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m. If the proposal is passed by the committee, it is anticipated to go back to the full council for a final vote on Monday, June 6, at 7 p.m.

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