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Complete Streets

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Most of the current activity around “Complete Streets” is to retrofit existing roadways into facilities that are designed to be equally safe for drivers, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.  In new development, this type of facility should be required by the jurisdiction’s public works development standards and commonly implemented.

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“Ingredients that may be found on a complete street include ample sidewalks, pedestrian amenities, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, and more. Compliance with ADA is a given. A complete street in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a highly urban area. However, both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.” Paraphrased from: (http://www.completestreets.org/)

Other techniques such as “road diets” and “traffic calming” are common components of Complete Streets.

Many of the incorporated links relate to how to narrow the road or adapt the existing road facilities to incorporate transit, bike and pedestrian traffic. Other tools found in this “toolkit” such as “bike and pedestrian friendly design” and “walkable blocks” will also assist the user in understanding or creating Complete Streets.

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