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The Ten Elements of a Complete Streets Policy

Regardless of a policy’s form, the National Complete Streets Coalition has identified ten elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy, as discussed below.

An ideal Complete Streets policy:

  • Includes a vision for how and why the community wants to complete its streets
  • Specifies that ‘all users’ includes pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles
  • Applies to both new and retrofit projects, including design, planning, maintenance, and operations, for the entire right of way
  • Makes any exceptions specific and sets a clear procedure that requires high-level approval of exceptions
  • Encourages street connectivity and aims to create a comprehensive, integrated, connected network for all modes
  • Is adoptable by all agencies to cover all roads
  • Directs the use of the latest and best design criteria and guidelines while recognizing the need for flexibility in balancing user needs
  • Directs that Complete Streets solutions will complement the context of the community
  • Establishes performance standards with measurable outcomes
  • Includes specific next steps for implementation of the policy