The website of the National Complete Streets Coalition is a comprehensive resource for communities and agencies that are working toward creating a safe, comfortable, integrated transportation network for all users, regardless of age, ability, income, ethnicity, or mode of transportation. In response to frequent requests from Complete Streets supporters, the Coalition has developed materials for communities at every stage in the Complete Streets process.
Communities that are just getting started with Complete Streets will find these materials most useful. Together, they present a comprehensive overview of the benefits and basics of the Complete Streets planning and design approach.
- Presentation: Introduction to Complete Streets — A comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on why we need Complete Streets, available to download for use and adaptation in your community. (Free.)
- Presentation: Benefits of Complete Streets — Want to share the many benefits of a Complete Streets approach with your neighbors? Download this free PowerPoint, which provides an overview of the research-backed benefits of safe, multi-modal street planning and design. (Free.)
- Dangerous by Design 2014 — We report on the national epidemic of pedestrian fatalities, offering county-, metro-, and state-level data on traffic fatalities and an interactive map of each loss in the decade 2003 through 2012.
- Fact Sheets: Benefits of Complete Streets — The Coalition has written a series of research-based fact sheets exploring the many benefits of Complete Streets, including for various types of users, public health, and safety. (Free.)
- Workshop: Laying the Foundation — A highly interactive daylong workshop that builds local capacity and understanding of Complete Streets and walks participants through a sample Complete Streets process. (Fee-based assistance.)
Once a community has agreed to the concept of Complete Streets, they should develop a formal policy statement. Policies take many forms, from simple resolutions to detailed Transportation Master Plans. The Coalition has created many resources to illuminate best practices, share actual policy documents from across the country, and help communities develop the best, most appropriate policies for their needs.
- The Ten Elements of a Complete Streets Policy — Complete Streets can be formally adopted in a variety of ways, including ordinances, resolutions, agency policies, plans, and design guides. The Coalition has established ten key elements that are part of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy and approach. When both developing and implementing Complete Streets, these ten elements should be considered. (Free.)
- Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook — To support the varying needs and goals of communities across the country, the Coalition published a comprehensive workbook for communities to follow when writing their own Complete Streets policies. For use by city and county agencies, the guide is based in national existing policy and best practices and encourages a thoughtful, inclusive process for developing locally appropriate policy language. (Free.)
- Model State Legislation — In response to requests from state-level Complete Streets supports, AARP and the National Complete Streets Coalition developed guidance and model language to use in a state-level Complete Streets effort. (Free.)
- Presentation: Complete Streets: Changing Policy — Use this PowerPoint presentation and its comprehensive presenter’s notes to lead a discussion of Complete Streets policy development in your town. The presentation covers the reasons to adopt a policy and details on the ten elements of a Complete Streets policy. (Free.)
- Best Complete Streets Policies — Each year, the Coalition reviews the policies adopted to date and assesses how well they meet the ten elements of a Complete Streets policy. The report highlights exemplary policy language and provides leaders at all levels of government with ideas for how to create strong Complete Streets policies. (Free.)
- Policy Atlas — As part of its ongoing work, the Coalition collects and shares information on all policies adopted to date. Our Atlas includes an interactive map of all regional and local policies, a downloadable list of all jurisdictions with a Complete Streets policy, and a downloadable chart of all state-level policies. (Free.)
- Workshop: Complete Streets Policy Development — Our daylong workshop led by two national experts helps communities examine current policies and practices, identify local policy goals, and begin drafting a thorough Complete Streets policy. (Fee-based assistance.)
Adopting a Complete Streets policy is the first step in changing daily practice to create safe, multi-modal transportation options for people of all ages and abilities. The day-to-day decisions a transportation agency and community leaders make in funding, planning, design, maintenance, and operations should be aligned to the goals of that adopted policy document. The Coalition helps communities implement their policies by collecting and sharing best practices and examples.
- Steps to Implementation — The National Complete Streets Coalition has identified five kinds of activities needed to take place in order to reorient a transportation agency’s work to fully and consistently consider the safety of all users. We provide resources, activities, and best practices from communities across the country to help your community successfully implement Complete Streets. (Free.)
- Taking Action on Complete Streets: A Toolkit for Implementation — A resource that details the best practices and top tips related to the National Complete Streets Coalition’s five steps to implementation. Includes several case studies and links to additional resources used in communities implementing Complete Streets.
- Safer Streets, Stronger Economies — In our study of 37 projects from communities nationwide, we explored the outcomes communities get for their investments in Complete Streets. We found that Complete Streets projects tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal.
- Addressing Costs Concerns — A report and accompanying PowerPoint presentation materials to help transportation professionals, advocates, and decision-makers make the case that implementing Complete Streets won’t break the bank. The Guide provides four overarching points to make in answering cost questions, each supplemented with multiple examples from communities across the country. (Free.)
- Complete Streets in the Southeast: A Tool Kit — Developed with AARP, this tool kit includes research and examples specific to the Southeast U.S. that cover Complete Streets from policy adoption through implementation. The tool kit includes a template implementation plan and a worksheet to help communities apply a Complete Streets approach to projects, both based on tools used in the region. (Free.)
- Workshop: Complete Streets Policy Implementation — In this daylong workshop, national experts help transportation decision-makers in a single community examine current processes, identify real and perceived barriers, and draft next steps to best implement an adopted Complete Streets policy. (Fee-based assistance.)
- Workshop: Complete Streets Design Considerations — In the final workshop of our series, transportation practitioners discuss Complete Streets implementation in the context of design considerations and best practices. (Fee-based assistance.)
- Fact Sheets: Implementation — The Coalition has written a series of research-based fact sheets discussing specific elements of Complete Streets implementation. (Free.)
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