Which Places Have the Best Complete Streets Policies?

Complete streets policy adoption nationwide. Image: ##http://www.completestreets.org/## National Complete Streets Coalition##

With adoptions in more than 200 localities and 23 states, complete streets policies have nearly doubled in number every year over the last three, according to a new report by the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Of course, all policies aren’t created equal, and the coalition separates the strongest — those that can serve as models for upcoming states and municipalities — from the less ambitious. Its top ten, representing cities, counties and states of varying sizes and geographic regions, appears after the jump.

These jurisdictions were recognized based on their adherence to a set of best practices. Outstanding policies were credited for aiming to create integrated networks for a variety of modes. They also received credit for demonstrating a clear intent to cover all roads. In addition, standouts included a set of “next steps” for implementing their vision, among other criteria.

“Recent polls show that voters’ top priority for infrastructure investments are safer streets for our communities and children,” writes Barbara McCann, coalition executive director. Policies recognized by the group were adopted by:

  • New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Louisiana Department of Transportation
  • State of Minnesota
  • State of Connecticut
  • Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Columbus)
  • Bloomington/Monroe County, IN Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Hennepin County, MN
  • Lee County, FL
  • Salt Lake County, UT
  • Crystal City, MO
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Missoula, MT
  • Herculaneum, MO
  • New Haven, CT
  • Tacoma, WA

The authors are careful to note that their rankings are based only on the quality of the policy, and not on successful implementation. The coalition will examine that issue in an upcoming report.


How to Write a Complete Streets Policy

Step one: Do it like Indianapolis. Of the 130 complete streets policies passed in 2012, the one passed by Indianapolis gets the highest score in a new ranking by Smart Growth America and its National Complete Streets Coalition. “The Complete Streets movement fundamentally redefines what a street is intended to do, what goals a transportation […]