Complete Streets Improve Accessibility for Everyone

Complete Streets

Complete Streets Boulder

When it comes to transportation, Boulder is serious about safety, health and livability. That is why the city adopted its multimodal plan — a Complete Streets policy — years ago to help it meet goals related to safety, reduced traffic congestion, smart growth, development and community building.

WHAT IS A COMPLETE STREET? Complete Streets are designed for all users, including pe- destrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, bike to work and school, and provide places for people to gather. They may include sidewalks, bike lanes, bus lanes, comfortable and ac- cessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, and more.

HOW HAS A COMPLETE STREETS POLICY CHANGED BOULDER? The Complete Streets policy affects how our roads are designed to safely accommodate all users, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation. No two Complete Streets are alike, and each is designed to cater to its specific community needs. Benefits include:

  • Reducing crashes through safety improvements.
  • Encouraging walking and bicycling.
  • Easing traffic congestion and improving air quality.
  • Providing safer conditions for children by allocating room for bicycling and walking.
  • Helping economic growth and stability by creating a transportation system that efficiently connects homes, schools, parks, public transportation, offices and stores.

WHERE ARE COMPLETE STREETS BEING BUILT? Cities in 48 states have adopted a Com- plete Street policy. The City of Boulder is collaborating with several of them to compare types of projects, public outreach programs and data collection practices. The Boulder roads desig- nated as Complete Streets projects include Canyon Boulevard, East Arapahoe, 30th Street and Colorado Avenue.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED? Boulder is hosting a national Complete Streets event in Fall 2016 where participants can share their communities’ transportation design concepts, successful outreach initiatives, and lessons learned from building Complete Streets projects.