What are Complete Streets?
Complete Streets are streets, highways, and bridges that are routinely planned, designed, operated, and maintained to prioritize safety, comfort, and access to destinations for all people who use the street. This includes all road users, such as older adults, people living with disabilities, people who walk and bike for transportation, and people who do not have access to a car. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, jobs, and schools, bicycle to work, and move actively with assistive devices. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk or move actively to and from transit hubs.
What Role Does ACOG Play?
ACOG promotes the creation of a safe, accessible, efficient, and coordinated transportation network that accommodates all roadway users within its communities. Research has shown that Complete Streets enhance job growth, promote economic development, improve safety, improve public health and fitness, reduce harmful emissions, and reduce the overall demand on our roadways by allowing people to replace motor vehicle trips with active transportation and transit options.
- ACOG Active Transportation Design Guidance
- The National Complete Streets Coalition
- The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Street Design Guide
- The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide
- The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) City Limits: Setting Safe Speed Limits on Urban Streets (2020)
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities (2012)
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Small Town & Rural Multimodal Networks (2016)
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) The Pedestrian Safety Guide and Countermeasure Selection System
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Roundabout Guidance