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Plan and Analyze Complete Streets

Transportation professionals in States, MPOs, and localities conduct analyses and produce plans to make short-term improvements and set long-term goals for the surface transportation network. These plans are inter-disciplinary and may explore the transportation, safety, land use, environmental, economic, housing, employment, health, and other factors of a roadway’s structure and the function it serves for a community. Under a Complete Streets design model, safety for all users will be incorporated into all these transportation planning and analysis processes.

Analyzing the community context and the role that a particular street needs to serve in the multimodal network allows transportation professionals to determine the infrastructure elements necessary to meet community needs. To identify the safety, connectivity, and equity concerns related to the transportation network, transportation professionals may:

  1. Engage with community members, particularly individuals in underserved communities.
  2. Analyze crash risk using data driven safety analysis.
  3. Assess the need for new safety infrastructure elements.
  4. Evaluate impacts by monitoring and measuring success.

Data plus State and local processes to measure performance are critical to guiding and evaluating the success of Complete Streets initiatives. Collection and analysis of new data, such as pedestrian and bicycle volumes or public health data on neighborhood characteristics, can help jurisdictions focus their investments and analysis. This allows jurisdictions to evaluate success in meeting safety, connectivity, equity, and climate goals and for communicating with their constituents.

This page provides resources, including training, tools, and examples (including those prepared by outside entities and posted on external websites) for transportation professionals, the public, and other stakeholders for (1) prioritizing safety for all users while planning and analyzing projects at a corridor and network level, and (2) measuring performance of the roadway system for all road users. These resources also help capture other benefits of Complete Streets. Although the following resources do not always use the term Complete Streets, they help to advance the primacy of safety for everyone in the planning process. Check back frequently for new resources.

The contents of this website do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This website is intended only to provide information to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies. The U.S. Government does not endorse outside entities, products, or manufacturers. Links to content created by outside entities are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to reflect a preference, approval, or endorsement of any one entity or product. External sites are not subject to Federal information quality, privacy, security, or accessibility guidelines.

Last updated: Wednesday, August 3, 2022