Complete Streets Policies Examples

Overview

The streets in our cities and towns play a significant role in the livability of our communities. These streets should be designed to safely accommodate all road users including walkers, motorists, bicyclists, public transit users, and others regardless of age or ability. However, traditionally, streets in the U.S. have been designed to meet the needs of automobile traffic. Fortunately, many areas have become aware of the need to design their streets to accommodate all residents. This movement has sparked much communication among community residents and local planners and engineers regarding the safety of their local street networks, thereby, leading to new Complete Streets policies that ensure streets are designed with all users in mind.

These Complete Streets Policy examples were compiled by National Complete Streets Coalition to assist other states, cities, and communities that are considering implementing a complete streets policy. This report features 25 policies from different cities, states, and communities, the year in which the policy was enacted, and a link to the policy.

Key Points

Both residents and the community as a whole benefit from complete streets. Since complete streets are designed with all road users in mind, they make communities safer and more livable for all residents. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers design the entire roadway for all users. Establishing a complete streets policy demonstrates a community’s commitment to improving overall livability for all residents by focusing on safety, sustainability, economic development, and mobility.

How to Use

This report can be used by policymakers, community leaders, complete streets advocates, and government officials as a tool when planning and developing their own complete streets policy. The policies outlined in the report should be explored further to gain an understanding of how each locality plans to design their streets and the benefits they have seen, or plan to see, from their new complete streets policies.

View full report: Complete Streets Policies Examples (PDF – 90 KB)

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