Announcing the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

Guadalupe Street in Austin, TX. Austin had one of the highest-scoring policies of 2014. Photo courtesy of the City of Austin.

A total of 74 communities adopted Complete Streets policies in the United States in 2014. These laws, resolutions and planning and design documents encourage and provide for the safe access to destinations for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel.

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014, released today by Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition examines and scores each Complete Streets policy enacted in 2014. The report outlines ten ideal elements of a Complete Streets policy and scores individual policies based on these ideals. Policy elements refine a community’s vision for transportation, provide for many types of users, complement community needs and establish a flexible approach necessary for an effective Complete Streets process and outcome.

Eleven agencies led the nation in creating comprehensive Complete Streets policies in 2014. They are:

Rank: Jurisdiction: Score:
1. Ogdensburg, NY 92.8
2. Troy, NY 91.2
3. Lakemoor, IL 88.8
3. Dawson County, MT 88.8
3. Austin, TX 88.8
6. Acton, MA 87.2
6. Middleton, MA 87.2
6. Reading, MA 87.2
6. Salem, MA 87.2
10. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, CA 86.4
10. Stoughton, MA 86.4

These policies are a model for communities across the country.

Small towns and big cities alike enacted Complete Streets policies in 2014. And over time, the typical Complete Streets policy has become increasingly well-written, as reflected in an upward trend in the annual median scores of policies. The median score of policies adopted in 2014 was 62.0, up from 51.6 in 2013.

Today, Complete Streets policies are in place in 712 jurisdictions nationwide, including 30 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia; 58 regional planning organizations; 58 counties; and 564 municipalities.

The annual Best Complete Streets Policies report is intended to celebrate the communities that have done exceptional work in the past year and to provide leaders at all levels of government with ideas for how to create strong Complete Streets policies. The report includes extensive detail for what makes Complete Streets policies work well, and how every community can make their streets better for everyone.

Get the full report: The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014 >>

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    3 Responses to Announcing the Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

    1. I’m confused, what are the people doing standing in the forefront of this obviously posed publicity shot?

      They are not waiting for a bus, the stop is behind them. Are they randomly crossing the road at some arbitrary crossing point? Waiting to be picked up by traffic in the traffic lanes? I’m confused.

      The bus stops in a lane of traffic thus blocking the vehicle traffic. This picture doesn’t look Is this really an exmpla of how to reconfigure vehicle heavy streets?

    2. Francoise Ruby says:

      I would like to use this photograph of Austin to illustrate the text I am writing about The best Complete Streets policies of 2014. I contacted the city of Austin but I have no answer. Could you tell me who I should contact?

    3. Toni Rayner says:

      Dear Mark & Francoise,
      I believe that this is an Austin street, Guadalupe/The Drag, adjacent to the west edge of the UT Main Campus. We are facing north, near 22nd St. UT is on the right. The BIG box building near the center top is standing at 26th x Guadalupe. THIS SPOT is significant because it is the HUGE student crosswalk between the West Mall of UT and the UT Student Co-Op Bookstore. (Yes. It should be better highlighted.) When vehicles are stopped at the light, an area about 60 feet square turns into the largest, craziest, mass of rushing people that Central Texans have ever seen. This side of SXSW. 😀

      This photo may have been taken on an early Thanksgiving morning. I have never seen this spot so empty, during daylight hours.

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