Active Living

Complete Streets

Photo credit: SANDAG
Photo credit: SANDAG

 

The goal of Complete Streets is to create streets where all users—pedestrians, bicyclists, transit-riders, and motorists—can get where they're going safely and easily. Governmental and community partners in the region are working together to develop Complete Streets policies and practices.

Most streets were not originally designed to be “complete,” but instead focused primarily on moving automobile traffic. However, when streets are complete, people of all ages and abilities are able to move safely along and across streets in a community, regardless of how they are traveling.

To increase physical activity and active transportation, communities are increasingly looking to Complete Streets policies and strategies to make their streets safer and more useable for everyone. Under Healthy Works, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is building capacity in the region to comply with the Complete Streets Act of 2008 and to support policies that balance all modes of travel.

During the Community Transformation Grant, SANDAG developed a Regional Complete Streets White Paper and Policy that includes community and stakeholder input, and was accepted by the SANDAG Board in early 2015.  
 

To learn more, visit the SANDAG Healthy Works information page.

Resources
American Planning Association-California Chapter:  Complete Streets Taskforce “From Policy to Pavement” Report

ChangeLab Solutions Complete Streets Facts (in English and Spanish)

Smart Growth America: National Complete Streets Coalition

 

Success Stories

A Policy That Connects People to Their Streets

National City Communities of Excellence Video FINAL from David Lan on Vimeo.