Complete Streets

 From the Fall 2009 Tech Transfer Newsletter


  • National Complete Streets Coalition
    The National Complete Streets Coalition is comprised of planning organizations, advocacy groups, consultants, and local governments interested in the implementation of the Complete Streets concept nationwide. They provide information and news about Complete Streets initiatives, as well as resources to help people host their own community workshops about Complete Streets. The website also tracks pertinent federal policies including American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) projects and funds.
  • Complete Streets in California
    California Department of Transportation - Division of Transportation Planning
    The main portal for information about Caltrans' Complete Streets projects and guidelines, including implementation of Deputy Directive 64.
  • Complete Streets: Talking Points
    Planning for Healthy Spaces - Public Health Law and Policy
    A brief introduction to the Complete Streets model and how different aspects of the plan can improve the health and safety of different user groups, such as pedestrians or bicyclists.

Reports, Articles and Conference Proceedings

  • Complete Streets: We Can Get There from Here
    John LaPlante and Barbara McCann, ITE Journal, v.78, n.5, May 2008, pp. 24-28
    Provides an introduction and overview of the Complete Streets movement, as well as some points to consider before implementing changes in your location.
  • Retrofitting Urban Arterials into Complete Streets [PDF, 0.3 M]
    John LaPlante, 3rd Urban Street Symposium: Uptown, Downtown, or Small Town: Designing Urban Streets That Work, 2007
    Examines different issues related to retrofitting existing arterials into Complete Streets, addressing the tension inherent between the need for traffic capacity and speed and making streets safe for bicyclists and pedestrians as well.
  • Brave New Nonmotorized World
    Jay Walljasper, Planning, v. 74, n.11, December 2008, pp. 20-23
    Provides an analysis of how bicycling and pedestrian retrofits and improvements in European cities provide case studies and examples for similar projects in American cities.
  • Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America [PDF, 33.2 M]
    Jana Lynot et al., AARP Public Policy Institute, 2009
    Discusses how the Complete Streets agenda impacts and benefits mobility for the aging population. Interdisciplinary research examines how the Complete Streets program will affect older drivers and pedestrians, examining design recommendations to improve safety for travelers of any age.


Here are other organizations that are interested in and working toward implementing Complete Streets nationwide.