Complete Streets policies formalize a community’s intent to plan, design, operate and maintain streets so they are safe for all users of all ages and abilities. Policies direct decision-makers to consistently fund, plan, design and construct community streets to accommodate all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, motorists and freight vehicles.
In 2012 nearly 130 communities adopted Complete Streets policies and in 2013, nearly 80 communities adopted Complete Streets policies; nationwide, a total of 610 jurisdictions now have such policies in place. These report highlights exemplary policy language, and provides leaders at all levels of government with ideas for how to create strong Complete Streets policies. Information about additional resources for local leaders is also included.
The report was developed by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide.