Minnesota Department of Transportation

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Complete Streets

Why Complete Streets are important

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. It’s designing and operating the entire right of way to provide safe and convenient access for everyone who is using the road. This may mean adding a sidewalk or median to help people walking cross safely, converting vehicle travel lanes to other uses, narrowing vehicle lanes, or changing parking configurations.

Complete Streets does not mean that every road will have separate facilities for every mode of transportation. From rural to suburban to urban communities, Complete Streets means:

  • Considering all modes in the planning and design of all transportation policies, systems, networks, facilities, programs, and activities
  • Making conscious decisions about how and where each mode is served
  • Considering user needs, financial feasibility, local interests, and adherence to state transportation policy
  • Factoring network connections and linear facilities into all transportation plans and project designs

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