Who we are
Beth Osborne (she/her)
beth.osborne [at] t4america.org
Emily Schweninger (she/her)
eschweninger [at] smartgrowthamerica.org
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.
Members of 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.
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.
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.
To catalyze and sustain local, regional, and state implementation of Complete Streets policies and practices, the Coalition pursues collaborative efforts that:
- Establish best practices in Complete Streets policy and implementation practices
- Provide training and direct technical assistance for transportation professionals
- Develop Complete Streets leadership in the fields of transportation, planning, public health, and urban design and among elected and appointed officials