Complete streets are a way of thinking about how we design our public roadways.

The complete streets strategy makes sure the system works for everyone, from pedestrians and bikers to motorists and transit riders. The result is a safer, friendlier environment that creates a better community.

Adopting a complete streets policy is one great way to compliment placemaking efforts in a small town or city. In addition to their cost effectiveness and increased safety, complete streets often create stronger local economies. Recent research has shown that complete streets can have a positive impact on employment and property values.

Smart Growth America is a national organization that focuses on smart growth policies and has a wealth of information on complete streets. Click the link above for information on what complete streets look like and how to implement complete streets policies.

Header Photo: Eric Fredericks