Complete Streets are designed, built, and maintained to be safe and convenient for people of all ages and abilities — whether they are walking, biking, taking transit, or driving.
Complete Streets look different depending on the situation but may include:
- Sidewalks or trails
- Improved pedestrian crossings
- On-street parking
- Landscaping, such as trees and street lamps
- Improved mobility for cars, buses, and commercial traffic due to turn lanes and streamlined road design
- Bike lanes
Hennepin County adopted this policy in 2009. As the first Minnesota county to adopt a Complete Streets policy, Hennepin recognized the importance of addressing the needs of transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians along with the needs of motorists. The policy has been recognized by the National Complete Streets Coalition as one of the top policies in the nation.