Introduction to Complete Streets

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March 2015

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Introduction to Complete Streets

There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each street is unique and responds to its community context. Streets that are planned and designed using a Complete Streets approach may include: sidewalks, bicycle facilities (such as protected bike lanes in urban areas), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals and ramps, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, multimodal bridges, and more.

A “complete” street in a rural area will look quite different from a “complete” street in a highly urban area, but both are designed to ensure safety and convenience for everyone. The presentation demonstrates the variety of options in creating roads that are safe for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.