Benefits of Complete Streets

•Improve safety for all users by calming traffic and improve visibility of users at crossings
•Encourage more walking and biking which decreases risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes, as well as reduces traffic, pollution and frustration. Health promotion through Active Living
•Increase road user capacity. When pedestrians and cyclists feel safe and welcome the human capacity of the roadway increases.
•Create economic vitality. Complete streets create places people want to go to. People want to spend time in these area, not race though to go elsewhere
•Help children and elderly become or remain independent by providing a safer environment for walking and biking to school and around the community
•Improve cost-effectiveness over traditional roadway projects that only consider motor vehicle traffic that require expensive retrofits later
•Reduce pollution and carbon emissions when short trips around town are feasible on foot or bike compared to always using a motor vehicle:
◦50% of all trips in metropolitan areas are three miles or less - easy distance on a bike
◦28% of all metropolitan trips are one mile or less – easy distance to walk, bike, or hop a bus or train
◦Yet 65% of the shortest trips are now made by automobile, in part because of incomplete streets that make it dangerous or unpleasant for other modes of travel
◦Simply increasing bicycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips in the U.S. would save 462 million gallons of gasoline each year