Complete streets

Complete Streets are designed and operated to prioritize safety, comfort, and access to destinations for all people who use the street, including older adults, people living with disabilities, people who cannot afford or do not have access to a car, and people who are Black, Native, and/or Hispanic. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, jobs, and schools, bicycle to work, and move actively with assistive devices. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk or move actively to and from transit and train stations.  Complete Streets are designed and operated to prioritize safer slower speeds for all people who use the road, over higher speeds emphasizing fast motor vehicle throughput.  Complete Streets ordinances support a transportation system that protects vulnerable road users, provides mobility options and creates livable communities.

Example of a Complete Street in Olympia

Complete Streets Award Nominations

As a nominating partner for the Transportation Improvement Board Complete Streets Award Program, WSDOT is considering all eligible local governments for nominations August-December 2021. 

Potential nominees do NOT need to provide information to WSDOT to be considered.  WSDOT will use an internal process that considers the quality of complete streets ordinances and past complete streets planning and project work. More specifically, nominations will be based on:

  • The quality of the complete streets ordinances, prioritizing those with:
    • Complete streets integration in city planning and decision making
    • Evaluation and consideration of connectivity, safety, usage potential and aesthetics
    • Public engagement that represents the entire community in project development
    • No exclusions or limited exclusions requiring executive/elected official authority
  • Evidence of complete streets past works: 
    • A demonstrated complete streets practice/implementation.
    • Complete streets planning work.
    • Use of the latest and best multimodal design criteria and guidelines
    • Work that reflects evidence of using an equity framework or analysis
    • Published multimodal performance measures
    • Work that includes speed management treatments for operating and posted speeds that consider the safety of all road users

For additional information contact Charlotte Claybrooke, claybrc@wsdot.wa.gov.

Support Documents and Resources

Example Complete Streets Policies in Washington

A complete list of cities with Complete Streets ordinances is available on the Transportation Improvements Board Complete Streets website.

More information:
Active Transportation Programs Manager