Implement Complete Streets Improvements
Complete Streets implementation aligns with the Safe System Approach (SSA), which anticipates human mistakes by designing and managing road infrastructure to keep the risk of a mistake low and to reduce injury severity if a crash does occur. FHWA promotes and advances infrastructure solutions to prevent common crash types (1) involving pedestrians and bicyclists, (2) at intersections, and (3) with vehicles departing the roadway. In all cases, reducing speed can help reduce crash severity. Practitioners implementing improvements may consider installing FHWA’s Proven Safety Countermeasures to create safe streets and enable mobility for all users. These countermeasures highlight key strategies for improving safety, including managing speeds, increasing attentiveness, reducing complexity of the design and operation of the transportation system, and separating users in time and space.
This page provides training, tools, and resources to support practitioners who are working to design, construct, operate, and maintain streets that are safe for all users. These resources, which include those prepared by outside entities and posted on external websites, highlight both process-level and project-level transformations that can advance Complete Streets implementation. Check back frequently for new resources.
- Proven Safety Countermeasures (PSCs) – Includes 28 proven effective, but underutilized safety countermeasures. This site includes fact sheets and tools to assist practitioners with identifying potential safety improvements including bicycle lanes, appropriate speed limit setting, and lighting.
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Resources – Includes projects, programs, tools, and materials for use in reducing pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.
- Geometric Design policy and guidance – Provides geometric design guidance for roadways on the National Highway System.
- Performance-Based Practical Design – Provides guidance related to the performance-based design of roadways.
- Noteworthy Speed Management Practices (report) – Summarizes eight case studies which highlight noteworthy practices over a range of speed management issues.
- FTA Manual on Pedestrian and Bicycle Connections to Transit (manual) – Provides a compendium of best practices to help transit and other transportation professionals improve pedestrian and bicycle safety and access to transit.
- Designing for Pedestrian Safety (course) – Helps agencies address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions.
- Create Thriving, Activity-Friendly Communities – The National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR)—a partnership between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—has created a growing collection of resources to help practitioners, decision makers, and community members make the business case for improving the built environment such as implementing Complete Streets. These resources can be used to help communities use economic indicators to apply infrastructure investments in more equitable ways.
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