Complete Streets + COVID-19
Across the country, communities and people are adapting to life amidst COVID-19.
The National Complete Streets Coalition is committed to advancing transportation systems that provide safe access for all users of all ages and abilities. We wanted to share and uplift strategies communities are using to respond to the unique circumstances brought on by this pandemic.
The following map tracks community responses related to Compete Streets and complete communities. Each action is sorted into one of the following categories:
- Open streets
- Curbside management
- Emergency bicycle or pedestrian policy
- Transit operation*
- Community engagement**
- Advocacy campaign**
* We want to acknowledge that almost every public transportation agency has adjusted its operations in some way. This map only reflects a handful of examples across the U.S.
**Our mapping software only has the capacity to show the top five most common categories in the legend. Currently, community engagement and advocacy campaigns fall under the “Other” designation.
We’ll be updating this map on a regular basis and we encourage you to share what’s happening with transportation in your community in the form below.
Additional Transportation + COVID-19 Resources:
What other resources should we include on this list? Let us know at [email protected].
- COVID-19: Local Action Tracker – Resource from the National League of Cities and Bloomberg Philanthropies tracking actions taken by local leaders in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- COVID19 Livable Streets Response Strategies – Spreadsheet from Mike Lydon tracking open streets.
- COVID-19 Resources for ASLA Members – Compilation of COVID-19 resources from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
- COVID-19: The Public Realm – Collaborative Google Photos album for collecting and sharing photos of streets and cities during COVID-19.
- COVID-19: Transportation Response Center – Resource hub from NACTO for city transportation staff, officials, and leaders during COVID-19.
- Implementing New COVID-19 Policies for People with Disabilities – Memo from several national organizations representing people with disabilities providing recommendations to transportation operators.
- Local Actions to Support Walking and Cycling During Social Distancing Dataset – Resource from PedBike Info Center covering immediate community actions related to public space and COVID-19.
- Principles For Equitable Public Outreach & Engagement During COVID-19 and Beyond – Resource from NelsonNygaard on community engagement.
- Mobility Justice and COVID-19 – Resource from the Untokening Collective outlining reflections and recommendations for mobility justice in COVID-19.
- Rails to Trails Advocacy toolkit – If you are interested in creating more safe spaces to walk, bike and be active in your neighborhood, here are tips and resources to support local resident advocacy as well as planning efforts led by local officials and planners from the Rails to Trails Conservancy.
- Tactical Urbanist’s Guide to Materials and Design – Guide from Streets Plan Collaborative on tactical urbanism.
- The Transit App – A feature to help users avoid crowds while on buses and trains.
- Tips on replacing a stakeholder or public meeting with an online forum – Resource from Toole Design’s on virtual engagement.
The CDC released the following guidance documents for transit workers and operators.
- What Transit Station Workers Need to Know About COVID-19
- What Transit Maintenance Workers Need to Know About COVID-19
- What Rail Transit Operators Need to Know About COVID-19
- What Bus Transit Operators Need to Know About COVID-19