Complete Streets (also called Livable Streets) are road networks that are designed to be safer and more attractive to all types of users and commuters, which includes bicyclists, public transport users, pedestrians, motorists and riders of all ages and abilities. It is designed with all types of users in mind, not just vehicles.
The Complete Streets program has shown to encourage walking and biking, lower driving speeds yet shortening travel time, and strengthen the community's economy by increasing land value in the area.
The United States enacted the first statewide Complete Streets policy in 1971, but Hawaii only recently adopted Act 054 in 2009 which states that "The department of transportation and the county transportation departments shall adopt a complete streets policy that seeks to reasonably accommodate convenient access and mobility for all users of the public highways... including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, and persons of all ages and abilities." Visit the Complete Streets Task Force Legislative Report to learn about the decision making process and recommendations for implementation.
Learn more by visiting the National Complete Streets Coalition website! Find out how you can get involved, take action on federal policy, donate to the coalition, or learn about Complete Streets' members and partners.