Streets That Work

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Streets That Work is an initiative in the city of Charlottesville to find ways to direct public and private investment that can make the city's street network safer for pedestrians and bicycles. The idea is to integrate land use and transportation policy to support an urban core while limiting impacts to the city's less dense neighborhoods. [1]

The Toole Design Group was hired in 2014 to do the work. Their scope of work can be read here.

City Council adopted the policy on September 6, 2016. [2]

After adoption, it was expected the city would embark on an audit of its zoning code in a process now known as Regulatory Framework Review. Whether or not that happened should be investigated. However, that Code Audit process did not happen soon afterwards as expected and planned.


Anti-speeding activist Paul Reynolds critiqued the initiative at a March 2016 open house, citing his speed-tracking technology which captured many people speeding even after traffic-calming measures were put in place on Locust Avenue. [1]

Meetings timeline

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Web. Final open house held for Streets that Work initiative, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, March 24, 2016, retrieved January 1, 2017.
  2. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, September 6, 2019.
  3. Web. Council adopts Streets That Work policy; zoning review underway, Sean Tubbs, News Article, Charlottesville Tomorrow, September 7, 2016, retrieved January 11, 2017.
  4. Web. Council Update - Streets That Work Priority List, Brennen Duncan, Staff Report, City of Charlottesville, October 16, 2017, retrieved November 8, 2019.