Mayors' Institute on City Design

National Complete Streets Coalition

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, empowers local decision makers to design streets that better serve the people who use them.

“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.

There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to its 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.”

Resources include technical assistance workshops, policy templates, and step-by-step explanations of how cities have successfully enacted Complete Streets policies.


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