Published: November 2016

ID #: CAS030

Publisher: University of Illinois at Chicago

Authors: Thrun E, Perks M, Chriqui JF

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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.

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