National Complete Streets Coalition

Federal Policy

The Problem

Communities around the country have built miles of streets and roads that are unsafe for people traveling by foot or bicycle. These roadways often lack sidewalks, crosswalks, safe space for bicyclists, and make no room for transit riders and no accommodation for people with disabilities. We need to provide people with transportation choices in order to get to work, school, shops, and medical visits, and to take part in social, civic and volunteer activities.

We need to change old road building habits so that road projects consistently take into account the needs of everyone using the roads. By completing our road network for all travelers, we will improve safety, help lower transportation costs for individuals and families, and provide opportunities for physical activity. Safe, attractive, and multi-modal streets in business districts also spark economic development.

The Solution

Complete Streets are streets that work for all users, not just those using a car. Instituting a Complete Streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for drivers, transit users and vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children, and people with disabilities. More than 200 jurisdictions spanning all regions of the country have adopted Complete Streets policies through action from elected officials, changes to internal agency policies, and revised street design manuals.

A Federal Complete Streets Policy

Our ‘On the Hill‘ page provides more detail on what’s currently happening, as well as the many ways you can help. We offer many supporting documents in the ‘Federal Policy Resources‘ section, and have links to various articles and testimony supportive of the bill in the ‘News‘ section.

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