“The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.”
A complete street in Stockholm. Source: Michael Kodransky, ITDP Europe
Our streets should be built for people, not just for cars.
Complete streets are designed with all users in mind: pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists. They improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists — but, perhaps just as importantly, they make streets feel more welcoming for all users. By providing an alternative to private vehicles, they have the potential to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and offer opportunities for exercise.
New streets should be complete, with components such as sidewalks on both sides, medians, crosswalks, and bike lanes. Incomplete streets should be rebuilt with these features.