Complete streets are comfortable and welcoming to users of all modes including motorists, transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. A successful complete street design balances mobility and community goals by providing multi-modal transportation choices; identifies context sensitive solutions; creates a more livable community; protects and enhances natural resources and supports economic growth and social equity.
Our approach to complete streets is to create places where people want to be. It starts with engaging the community to identify the specific needs of the people who will live, work and play on a particular complete street. Next, we evaluate the transportation choices that will best serve the community, such as bicycling, walking and transit, and determine how to integrate those choices in a manner that improves safety, facilitates connectivity and encourages active living. In addition to offering alternatives, any complete streets plan must accommodate capacity needs. We use a toolbox of analysis techniques and operations strategies to manage roadway capacity while balancing mobility needs across modes. Finally, we work with clients and communities to plan and design context-appropriate streets that consider the needs of all potential users, encourage appropriate driving behaviors and speeds, and provide welcoming environments for non-motorized users.