Complete Streets

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WHAT ARE COMPLETE STREETS

Complete Streets are safe, comfortable and convenient transportation systems that serve everyone, regardless of how they choose to travel,  whether that is by walking, bicycling, riding transit or driving.TDM alternatives involve familiar travel options such as carpools and vanpools, among a number of other options. 

The Connecticut Department of Transportation Commissioner  signed a new “Complete Streets” policy on October 23, 2014, designed to promote safe access for all users by providing a comprehensive, integrated, connected multi-modal network of transportation options. The term multi-modal refers to all forms of transportation, such as motor vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian and public transportation.

The policy objectives include:

Improve safety and mobility for pedestrians of all ages and abilities, bicyclists, the mobility challenged and those who choose to live vehicle free.

  • Develop and support a transportation system that accommodates to active transportation modes that promote healthier lifestyles.
  • Develop and support a transportation system that accommodates compact, sustainable and livable communities
  • Provide safe access for all users by providing a comprehensive, integrated, connected multi-modal network of transportation options.
  • Improve mobility and accessibility to activity centers, including: employers, commercial centers, schools, transit, and trails
  • Support the state's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) efforts through the provision of integrated transportation networks
  • Enhance Connecticut’s economic competitiveness by enabling communities to become livable, walkable, bikeable drivable, efficient, safe and desirable.