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Smart Growth America Releases Best of Complete Streets Policies in 2016

At the end of 2016, more than 1,000 jurisdictions in the United States have made formal commitments to streets that are safe and convenient – for everyone – no matter their age, income, race, ethnicity, or how they choose to travel—by passing a Complete Streets policy.


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More communities passed these policies in 2016 than ever before. Communities adopted a total of 222 new Complete Streets policies that year. Nationwide, a total of 1,232 policies are now in place, in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, including 33 state governments, 77 regional planning organizations, and 955 individual municipalities.

The 2016 policies are the strongest ever passed. When the Coalition first analyzed Complete Streets polices in 2006, the median score was 34 and by 2015 the median score had risen to 68.4. In 2016, the median score leapt to 80.8. Before 2012, no policy had scored higher than 90. And it wasn’t until 2015 that any policy score a perfect 100. In 2016, 51 policies scored a 90 or higher, including 3 policies that scored a perfect 100. These gains are a testament to communities’ commitment to passing strong, impactful policies.

Read the report here.