Complete Streets Policy Development Resources
- National Complete Streets Coalition – Comprehensive site with extensive information on complete streets research, policy development, and implementation.
Existing Laws and Policies for Complete Streets
United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration
- Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation Regulations and Recommendations (2010) – Supports the development of fully integrated active transportation system networks, which foster safer, more livable, family-friendly communities; promote physical activity and health; and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use. The policy encourages transportation agencies to go beyond the minimum requirements and to proactively provide convenient, safe, and context-sensitive facilities that accommodate people of all ages and abilities, including people too young to drive, people who cannot drive, and people who choose not to drive.
Federal Transit Administration
- Final Policy Statement on the Eligibility of Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements under Federal Transit Law (2011) – Specifies that all pedestrian improvements located within one-half mile and all bicycle improvements located within three miles of a public transportation stop or station have a de facto physical and functional relationship to public transportation.
- Assembly Bill 32 California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – Sets a mandate for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in California.
- Assembly Bill 1358 California Complete Streets Act of 2008 – Requires that when cities or counties make substantive revisions to the circulation elements of their general plans, they identify how they will provide for the mobility needs of all users of the roadways.
- Senate Bill 375 Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 – Requires emissions reductions through coordinated regional planning that integrates transportation, housing, and land-use policy.
- Senate Bill 743 Environmental Quality: Transit Oriented Infill Projects, Judicial Review Streamlining for Environmental Leadership Development Projects, and Entertainment and Sports Center in the City of Sacramento (2013) – Eliminates level of service (LOS) metrics for projects within Transit Priority Areas. Under SB 743, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has been tasked with developing alternative criteria to LOS. Particularly within areas served by transit, the alternative criteria must promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the development of multimodal transportation networks, and a diversity of land uses.
California Department of Transportation
- Deputy Directive 64-R2: Complete Streets – Integrating the Transportation System (2014) – Emphasizes all transportation improvements as opportunities to improve safety, access, and mobility for all travelers in California and recognizes bicycle, pedestrian, and transit modes as integral elements of the transportation system.
Regional & Local
Southern California Association of Governments
- 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)/Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) – Identify strategies to support greenhouse gas emissions targets in support of SB 375.
Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)
- Health and Active Transportation Agenda (2011) – Identify short and long term strategies for leveraging urban design, partnerships and project development to create environments that promote walking and biking, transit use, and public health.
- Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy and Implementation Plan (2012) – Guides the integration of sustainability in Metro’s planning functions.
- Metro/Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Joint-Work Program (2012) – Collaboration between Metro and SCAG on activities in support of RTP/SCS to advance sustainable transportation options.
- First Last Mile Strategic Plan (2014) Appendix I , Appendix II – Outlines a specific infrastructure improvement strategy designed to facilitate easy, safe, and efficient access to the Metro system.
- Complete Streets Policy (2014) – Intended to help advance state, regional and local efforts to create a more “complete” and integrated transportation network for all modes of travel in LA County.
- List of Los Angeles County Jurisdictions with Complete Streets Policy or Updated General Plan, adopted or in progress
- National Complete Streets Coalition: Elements of an Ideal Complete Streets Policy – Lists ten elements of a comprehensive Complete Streets policy.
- National Complete Streets Coalition: Complete Streets Local Policy Workbook – Step-by-step guide, with key questions to answer, for developing a local Complete Streets policy.
- ChangeLab Solutions: Model Resolutions, Ordinances and Findings for Complete Streets – Provides California-specific language that can be used for developing a resolution and findings.
General Plan Updates
- California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research: Update to the General Plan Guidelines: Complete Streets and the Circulation Element (2010) – Guidance on updating a General Plan to comply with state law.
- ChangeLab Solutions: Model General Plan Language on Complete Streets for California Cities and Counties
Complete Streets Implementation Resources
National Association of City Transportation Officials
- Urban Street Design Guide – Focuses on the design of city streets and public spaces. Includes best practices to design for and around the special characteristics of the urban environment.
- Urban Bikeway Design Guide – Provides cities with state-of-the-practice solutions that can help create complete streets that are safe and enjoyable for bicyclists. Based on the experience of the best cycling cities in the world.
California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
- Main Streets, California: A Guide for Improving Community & Transportation Vitality – Informational guide that reflects many of the recent updates to Caltrans manuals and policies that improve multimodal access, livability and sustainability within the transportation system. Helps the reader locate information about standards and procedures described in the Caltrans Highway Design Manual, the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and the Project Development Procedures Manual.
- Complete Intersections: A Guide to Reconstructing Intersections and Interchanges for Bicyclists and Pedestrians – Provides tools and techniques to improve bicycle and pedestrian transportation using basic guiding principles for common intersection types. The focus is on intersections and interchanges where transportation safety and mobility issues can be most challenging.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
- Los Angeles County Model Design Manual for Living Streets – Provides a template for local jurisdictions to begin updating existing design manual.
AARP Public Policy Institute
- Planning Complete Streets for an Aging America – Examines the evolving state of transportation planning and design practice with regards to older road users and offers recommendations to advance mobility and accessibility for older adults within the realms of transportation policy, planning, and engineering.
American Planning Association
- Complete Streets Best Policy and Implementation Practices, Chapter 5 – Provides overview and case studies of how communities make the transition from traditional, automobile-based transportation planning to a more inclusive and multimodal process.
- Alameda County Transportation Commission: Complete Streets Implementation Resources
- Sacramento Area Council of Governments: Complete Streets Resource Toolkit
- National Complete Streets Coalition: Resources
Note: This resource list is a work in progress and will be updated as additional information becomes available.