Complete Streets is a transportation and design concept in which streets are designed to be safe and accessible to all users and modes of transportation. This report summarizes findings from a qualitative study of eight communities that had identified equity as a priority in their Complete Streets policy to identify how equity is being implemented and prioritized in practice. The report concludes that the adoption of Complete Streets policies can be an effective way to further transportation equity by changing practices to develop and design streets for all users, particularly those facing geographic, socioeconomic, or physical barriers to transportation modes. By creating Complete Streets, jurisdictions are ensuring that everyone has the same opportunities to access goods, jobs, and services, and to live a healthier lifestyle. The report also provides lessons learned and strategies for addressing challenges faced by communities in prioritizing equity.
Prioritizing Transportation Equity through Complete Streets
Complete Streets is a transportation and design concept in which streets are designed to be safe and accessible to all users and modes of transportation. From a public health perspective, Complete Streets can play an important role in promoting healthy behaviors by increasing trips made by foot, bicycle, and transit. … More
Complete streets policies have existed since the early 1970s. These policies typically require that all road construction and reconstruction create streets that are safe and convenient for all users and all modes of transportation. The purpose of this project is to examine the equity and active living-oriented components of complete streets … More
One of the most pressing unmet challenges for preventing and controlling epidemic obesity is ensuring that socially disadvantaged populations benefit from relevant public health interventions. Obesity levels are disproportionately high in ethnic minority, low-income, and other socially marginalized U.S. population groups. Current policy, systems, and environmental change interventions target obesity-promoting … More