A Guide to Complete Streets

The needs that drive complete streets policy are as unique as the communities they have taken root, but effective complete streets programs do share a few common traits.

December 21, 2017, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Austin Complete Street

Photo courtesy of the City of Austin, via Smart Growth America / Separated bike lanes on Guadalupe Street in Austin, Texas

"The concept of complete streets places the same priority on pedestrians, bicyclists and public transport users as on motorists," according to an article by Anna Bray Sharpin, Ben Welle, and Nikita Luke for TheCityFix that provides a guide to the core components of complete streets in the many global examples of complete streets programs. There are a lot of examples to choose from, according to the article, as "more than 1,140 agencies at the local, regional, and state levels have adopted complete streets policies in the United States, totalling more than 1,200 policies nationwide." And the idea has been translated around the world. "They are the so-called calles completas in Mexico, ruas completas in Brazil, and “streets for all” in India."

The post lists eight key elements to complete streets, listed below but detailed with more specificity in the article:

  • An Active Streetscape
  • Pedestrian-Scale Lighting
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Street Furniture
  • Bicycle Facilities
  • Signage
  • Accessibility for All
  • Surface Types

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