The New Mexico Complete Streets Leadership Team (CSLT) was formed in December of 2010 under the leadership of the New Mexico Healthier Weight Council. The Team is no longer under the New Mexico Healthier Weight Council and now operates independently, with over 80 members from around the State. The mission of the Complete Streets Leadership Team is to improve health and safety of New Mexicans by increasing active transportation options via “complete streets” policies and practices by state, local and tribal governments. Team members are from organizations such as the Mid-Region Council of Governments, Healthy Here, NM American Society of Landscape Architects, City of Albuquerque, Weston Solutions, Sites Southwest, Bernalillo County, Urban ABQ, Bike ABQ, Farmington MPO, NM Chronic Disease Prevention Council, Laguna Pueblo, Bohannan Huston, University of New Mexico, Mesilla Valley Bike Coalition and other private consultants and advocates. Their participation does not indicate an official endorsement by their organization but an interest in learning and educating about Complete Streets. The organization’s primary purpose is to educate about Complete Streets and provide resources to the people of NM who are concerned about the health and safety of our streets.
Meetings are held once a month at the Mid-Region Council of Governments (809 Copper Ave. NW, Albuquerque, NM) from 11:30am to 1:00pm every fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information contact Caeri Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSLT has a main goal of providing resources to help New Mexico work toward the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies and design standards throughout the state. We are available to provide you with information about the latest initiatives, events, training opportunities and news on Complete Streets in New Mexico and to provide additional support via presentations, letters of support, and technical expertise. In support of our mission we currently have three focus areas with associated tasks:
- Complete Streets State Legislation
- The Team currently has a State Legislation Task force that is focusing efforts on developing a strategy to get Complete Streets legistation passed at the State level
- Organizing and/or participating in events that promote and support Complete Streets
- Past events have included the ABQ CiQlovia, New Mexico State Planning Conference, Multimodal Experience, and Complete Streets Day in NM
- The Team continually seeks ways to support improved safety conditions in roadway design and use. An example was the San Mateo Road Safety Audit, on which several Team members participated.
In addition, the Team also provides the following assistance and resources upon request.
- Present at NM forums and conferences
- Work with neighborhood associations and non-profit organizations
- Target decision makers to attend Complete Streets events
- Support health and transportation initiatives that incorporate Complete Streets elements
- Provide technical assistance to local jurisdictions and other organizations
- Identify and encourage champion MPOs and jurisdictions
- Identify national and local organizations for support of NM Complete Streets work
- Support Complete Streets policy initiatives at the local and state level
- Provide information to communities/organizations about Complete Streets funding opportunities
- Distribute information about funding to the complete streets list serve and other organizations
- Provide letters of support for projects with Complete Street elements
- Provide technical assistance to communities/organizations
- Keep an eye on new plans and updates around the state to review for Complete Streets principles
- Review and comment on local planning processes, design standards, and NEPA assessments
- Provide input on projects during public review and governmental hearings