About the Coalition

A Complete Streets approach integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. This helps to ensure streets put safety over speed, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

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About

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, is a non-profit, non-partisan alliance of public interest organizations and transportation professionals committed to the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and practices. A nationwide movement launched by the Coalition in 2004, Complete Streets is the integration of people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation networks. View our full Transportation and Thriving Communities team staff here >>

Our partners

Partners who have joined the National Complete Streets Coalition inform Coalition strategy, collaborate on Coalition projects, and help make the case for Complete Streets across the country. They are experts in building inclusive, multimodal communities and transportation projects and in improving policies and practices at the local, regional, state, and national levels.

Membership comes with benefits: national recognition and publicity for Complete Streets efforts, invitations to social events, and access to resources and information about the best and most recent Complete Streets practices. Benefactors and Platinum partners are offered a seat on our Steering Committee.

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Our mission

We promote the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.

Our vision

We believe that the streets of our cities and towns must allow all people, regardless of age, ability, income, race, or ethnicity, to safely, comfortably, and conveniently access homes, employment centers, schools, shops, health facilities, and other destinations by foot, bicycle, public transportation, car, or truck. A community’s street network should reflect the current and planned built environments and support overall public and economic health.

Our work

To realize our vision in communities across the country and nationwide, the Coalition:

  • Leads the broader Complete Streets movement, advocating for policy change at the national, state, and local levels.
  • Establishes and maintains Complete Streets standards and best practices
  • Provides hands-on training in Complete Streets for communities of all kinds, including the development of advocates, professionals and practitioners, and elected leaders
  • Produces compelling content about Complete Streets including regular reports, storytelling, profiles, and in-depth research

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Seeking state elected officials to be champions for Complete Streets

Applications are open for a brand new technical assistance opportunity for state elected officials to gain the knowledge and strategy needed to effectively advocate for safer and more Complete Streets. Building on our local Champions Institute program, the first ever State Legislator Champions Institute will also help position participants to make the best use of the influx of funds from the infrastructure law, make their communities more competitive for federal grants, and more.

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The Mountains Are Calling: Placemaking and Redevelopment in Elkins, West Virginia

The Mountains Are Calling: Placemaking and Redevelopment in Elkins, West Virginia

  Elkins, West Virginia has been working to revitalize their downtown, a challenge in any circumstance, but especially in a rural Appalachian town. The workshop with Smart Growth America shared expertise and provided site-specific advice to aid local officials and community members in placemaking. The SGA team visited Elkins for two days where they participated … Continued

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