Complete Streets Policy Development

Why do we need a Complete Streets policy?

Complete Streets policies formalize a community’s intent to plan, design, and maintain streets so they are safe for all users of all ages and abilities. Policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design and construct the right-of-way to accommodate all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, motorists, and freight vehicles.

What’s in a Complete Streets policy?

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. Download the 10 elements ››

What kinds of places pass Complete Streets policies?

Over 1100 Complete Streets policies have been passed in the United States, in small towns, suburbs, and big cities alike. See the full list and interactive map ››

Where are the best Complete Streets policies?

Each year the Coalition releases its analysis and ranking of the best Complete Streets policies in the country based on the 10 policy elements. See the full series ››

Is there a federal Complete Streets policy?

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act is the first federal transportation bill to ever include Complete Streets. Learn more about federal policy and the FAST Act >>

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Interested in developing a Complete Streets policy for your town, city, region, or state? Learn about our Policy Development workshops ››

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