A Complete Streets approach redefines what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation agency is going to meet, and how the community will spend its transportation money. It breaks down the traditional separation of ‘highways,’ ‘transit,’ and ‘biking/walking,’ and instead focuses on the desired outcome of a transportation system that supports safe and universally inclusive roadway use.   

Based on existing examples from around the country, this workbook encourages local leaders to examine their community’s needs, vision, and goals. The most successful policies incorporate input from a broad group of stakeholders including transportation planners and engineers, elected officials, transit agencies, public health departments, and members of the community, to name just a few.  

The workbook is intended to be used during the development of a city or county Complete Streets policy, but many of the same principles apply when developing a policy for regional agencies or states.  It includes an overview of types of Complete Streets policies, the elements of those policies and guidelines for creating a community vision, as well as recommendations for how to commit to a community vision, detailed explanations of best practices and a step-by-step guide for getting these policies from paper into practice.  

The workbook was created by Smart Growth America, a national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for and leading coalitions to bring smart growth practices to more communities nationwide.