A Metro policy designed to make room on city streets for cars, bikes, pedestrians and public transit has been ranked among the best in the U.S., based on a survey released Tuesday.

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan, adopted last October, tied for 10th place in the rankings by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition, which looked at more than 70 policies passed nationwide last year.

“Los Angeles is changing the way it looks at transportation,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who chairs the MTA board. “Metro’s Complete Streets Policy is a guide in our war against traffic and helps us bring to bear all the tools at our disposal, from transit to technology to bicycle and pedestrian improvements.”

The Metro policy explores ways to increase access for all users by making streets more “complete” and promotes local partnerships and incentive programs.

More than 712 jurisdictions in 48 states have complete streets policies in place.

“These policies can make streets safer for everyone and support the unique character and future goals of any community,” said Roger Millar, director of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

City News Service

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