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overview of complete streets
A "complete" street is designed for use by all users- pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, public transportation users of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets increase transportation choices by making walking, bicycling & taking public transportation viable and safer options for travel.
Complete Streets is about changing the institutional philosophy of how a municipality thinks about roads and how people travel. Municipalities can ensure that all users in their community can travel safety by adopting a "Complete Streets" Policy.
What is a Complete Streets Policy?
Complete Streets policies help to direct transportation planners and engineers to design and operate rights-of-way for safe access for everyone on the street, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.
There is no design prescription for Complete Streets. Each policy can be unique and respond to community context.
A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more.
A complete street in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a more densely populated area, but both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.
A Complete Streets Policy IS NOT:
- A design prescription. It’s not about adding sidewalks and bike lanes to every road, but it is about considering those options as part of municipal planning and decision making and coordinating designs with other municipal and regional authorities.
- A mandate for immediate installation or retrofitting of existing transportation networks. Rather, it is about creating a structure for implementing these improvements over time and whenever feasible.
- A magic formula. While implementing a Complete Streets program is an important sustainable community feature, other initiatives and issues must be addressed by municipalities, including land use planning, environmental concerns, vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction, and proximity of recreational land and other open space.