Complete Streets policies

Complete Streets can be achieved through a variety of policies: ordinances and resolutions; rewrites of design manuals; inclusion in comprehensive plans; internal memos from directors of transportation agencies; policies adopted by city and county councils; and executive orders from elected officials, such as Mayors or Governors. All policies should include the 10 elements of a Complete Streets policy.

Read about the 10 elements of a Complete Streets policy

Policy inventory

Across the country and on Capitol Hill, Complete Streets policies have been gaining traction as more places realize the benefits of having safe, accessible, and healthy streets in their communities. In total, over 1600 Complete Streets policies have been passed in the United States, including those adopted by 35 state governments, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. We track these policies in our inventory and policy atlas.

This Atlas notes places that have adopted some form of a Complete Streets policy, but full policy implementation requires changes and updates to plans, and processes so that they are aligned with the high-level direction of the policy. (Learn more about passing and implementing a strong policy.)

Written Complete Streets policies vary in their coverage of all modes and their ability to affect transportation planning and design decisions. Our frequent Best Complete Streets Policies report provides detailed information on how existing policies compare to our ten elements of an ideal Complete Streets policy. The report includes examples of policies that do particularly well in meeting the “ideal” and lists the top policies based on jurisdiction and type.

DOWNLOAD: Inventory of all Complete Streets policies. (.pdf)(.xlsx) Updated quarterly. Last updated in April 2022. 

VISUALIZE: Download a PDF of the above gif, showing the year-by-year Complete Streets policy development through 2020 (.pdf)

Policy atlas

Explore the Policy atlas in full screen here.

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