Complete Streets are one of many tools for creating streets that are safe and accessible to all users. Scores of states and cities have developed Complete Streets policies, resolutions, and design guidance. A good example of Complete Streets guidance is the new Complete Streets Manual from the City of Baltimore.
Now the Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America have produced a tool, The Benefits of Complete Streets, to quantify the economic, environmental, health, safety, and equity benefits of proposed projects. This tool helps makes the case for Complete Streets by demonstrating their manifold benefits.
Implementing Complete Streets can be incredibly fraught if private vehicle owners feel threatened about the loss of space dedicated to the automobile. A Complete Street process in Stevens Point, WI, offers some insightful lessons for how advocates can overcome these political obstacles. For the full story, read this case study featured on America Walks’ website.