London is a relatively large city in southwestern Ontario. It is located along the Thames River, approximately 200 km from Toronto.
In 2013, the Transportation Master Plan and Urban Design Guidelines identified Complete Streets as a direction for the City of London:
“Twenty-one specific initiatives are proposed to further development and implementation in the short-term…Among these included developing policies focused on “Complete Streets” and people (not just vehicles) movement” (p.15).
The London Plan (2016) includes a new street classification system that accounts for surrounding land uses, a prioritization of modes within these new street types (for example, a main street gives priority to pedestrians), and a chart with design elements for each new street type. The plan’s stated goals include:
- “Link land use and transportation plans to ensure they are integrated and mutually supportive,” (60.4)
- “Design streets and rights-of-way to provide a variety of safe, convenient, attractive, viable, and accessible mobility choices for all Londoners” (313.6)
All these elements mean that the Complete Streets approach is well incorporated in their official documents. The City would still benefit from a detailed implementation strategy centered around routine accommodation (ie. making improvements to accommodate all users every time road maintenance is undertaken), and the plan states that:
“A Complete Streets Design Manual may be prepared to establish the design parameters for the public realm and the overall cross-sections for the street classifications identified above,” (377).