Smart Growth for America just posted an interview they did with Councilman Snyder last week regarding complete streets in Spokane. Here’s a snippet:
During his first term on the Spokane, WA City Council, Councilman Jon Snyder, a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council, experienced a lesson that he has carried with him since. “As a leader, you need to understand the difference between a policy that may take several years to develop, and those that represent a flaw in the system that should be called out and remedied quickly.”
Councilman Snyder worked for two years to pass a Complete Streets ordinance (PDF) in Spokane, a process that took time, perseverance and creativity. Snyder credits a broad coalition of support to the ordinance’s eventual passage in 2011: During the meeting where the City Council approved the ordinance, a diverse group of community members, including representatives from schools, older adults, persons with disabilities, the local farmers’ market, and businesses all spoke in favor of policy adoption.
Snyder realized that Complete Streets, which are prioritized in Spokane’s comprehensive plan, “weren’t a priority in how we fund projects in our transportation system. So, I thought, ‘If it’s all about funding, I’ll find some funding.’” Snyder found a dedicated funding source in the city’s Photo Red program, which monitors and fines drivers who run red lights.
To read the whole thing, click here.