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Complete Streets

Complete Streets What is the complete streets concept?
A complete street assures that the entire roadway is designed for all users, including drivers, bicyclists, public transportation riders, and 
pedestrians. It can also include greening of the streetscape and managing stormwater runoff from the roadways. Doing so creates sustainability and achieves economic vitality while protecting the environment and providing a higher quality of life for residents.

How would complete streets benefit my community?

  • Provide safe travel for all roadway users,
  • Create a pedestrian-friendly environment,
  • Enhance the flow of motorized traffic,
  • Provide better parking options and facilities,
  • Maintain greater mobility through access management,
  • Manage or reduce stormwater runoff,
  • Protect natural resources, and
  • Facilitate comprehensive transit access for everyone.

How will complete streets legislation help?
The legislation signed into law in August 2010 helps advance cooperation among transportation and local governmental agencies. It encourages communities to develop a comprehensive complete streets vision identifying the road 
corridors that would benefit from complete streets principles. For example, when a road agency is planning significant construction work in a community with a complete streets vision, the agency can better address the community’s concerns and desires and reach an agreement with the community regarding implementation of walkable and bikeable projects.

How can SEMCOG help?
SEMCOG provides members with face-to-face technical assistance, educational workshops, advocacy, data analysis, and resources and tools for implementing complete streets. We can help your community develop a complete streets 
vision as well as the following complete streets components.

Access Management
SEMCOG can develop an access management plan on corridors where commercial driveways are problematic. Proper access management can prevent crashes, reduce traffic congestion, improve traffic flow, preserve existing investment in roads, and make roads more walkable and bikeable.

Road Safety Audits
SEMCOG can conduct road safety audits at high-crash locations and recommend low-cost treatments that will improve the safety and 
performance of community corridors.

Walkable/Bikeable Audits
SEMCOG can conduct walkability/bikeability audits to study nonmotorized issues and develop recommendations that will foster safe and productive alternatives to vehicle travel.

Green Infrastructure/Low Impact
Development (LID) Audits
SEMCOG can review specific locations and road specifications for green infrastructure/LID opportunities and make specific stormwater management recommendations.