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Complete Streets: The Road to Safer, Healthier, Livable Communities


A complete streets policy ensures that roads are planned and designed to provide safe access for all road users, including pedestrians, motorists, bicyclists, and transit users. This presentation, created as a collaborative effort between WALKSacramento, California Department of Transportation, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, emphasizes the need for complete streets policies to make community roads more pedestrian-friendly.

Key Points

By improving walkability features, complete streets offer economic, environmental, safety and health benefits for community members of all ages. The presentation outlines specific benefits of complete streets, including greater levels of physical activity, less pedestrian fatalities, more accessible transit systems, and reduced traffic. Complete streets policies and design features are covered through the presentation as well

Other report highlights include:

  1. Complete streets provide a better use of transit funds. A year of paratransit service is roughly $38,500 per daily commuter, whereas making a public transit stop more accessible would cost between $7,000 and $58,000.
  2. Complete streets policies change pedestrian infrastructure, public transit, bicycle lanes, and intersection design, among other things.
  3. According to a national poll, 56 percent of Americans express a strong interest in adopting complete streets policies.

How to Use

The information addressed in the presentation can assist planners and local officials in determining a complete streets policy that will work for their community. The presentation makes it clear that something must be done about our roads in order to improve community livability and walkability for residents of all ages and abilities. The adoption and implementation of a complete streets policy is a good way for planners, local officials and community leaders to make streets safer for everyone living in the community.

View full report: Complete Streets: The Road to Safer, Healthier, Livable Communities (PDF – 3.9 MB)

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