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Policy Development and Implementation Resources

Complete Streets Policy Development Resources


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


California Department of Transportation

Regional & Local
Southern California Association of Governments

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro)

Policy Development

General Plan Updates

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.

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

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

Other Resources

Note: This resource list is a work in progress and will be updated as additional information becomes available.