Complete Streets Program

A complete street is a transportation facility that is planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit vehicles, truckers, and motorists, appropriate to the function and context of the facility. Every complete street looks different, according to its context, community preferences, the types of road users, and their needs.

Overview

A complete street is a transportation facility that is planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe mobility for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit vehicles, truckers, and motorists, appropriate to the function and context of the facility. Every complete street looks different, according to its context, community preferences, the types of road users, and their needs.

Deputy Directive 64-R2 (PDF) , first signed in October 2008, and renewed in October of 2014, directs Caltrans to implement complete streets.

“The Department provides for the needs of travelers of all ages and abilities in all planning, programming, design, construction, operations, and maintenance activities and products on the State Highway System.”  - Deputy Directive-64-R2

Benefits of complete streets include:

  • Increased Transportation Choices
  • Economic Revitalization
  • Improved Return on Infrastructure Investments
  • Livable Communities
  • Improved Safety for All Users
  • More Walking and Bicycling to Improve Public Health
  • Greenhouse Gas Reduction and Improved Air Quality

Toward an Active California: State Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan

Caltrans adopted the state's first pedestrian and bicycle plan, Toward an Active California, in May 2017. Review the Plan at Toward and Active California.

Complete Streets Elements Toolbox (PDF)

The Smart Mobility and Active Transportation Branch is pleased to introduce the latest update to the Complete Streets Elements Toolbox!

The Complete Streets Elements Toolbox was developed by staff in coordination with a diverse group of Caltrans stakeholders- including staff from the Headquarters Divisions of Transportation Planning, Design, Traffic Operations, Local Assistance, Maintenance, Rail and Mass Transit, as well as a number of Complete Streets Coordinators at the District-level- to translate Complete Streets policy concepts into concrete project delivery assets. As such, the Toolbox is a focus on the specific roadway elements that can be designed and constructed to provide multi-modal mobility and access. For each of these elements, the Toolbox provides definitions and benefits, links to design guidance, project examples, and SHOPP Tool quantification methods.

The Toolbox is a living document that will be updated and improved over time. As such, we will accept comments regarding revisions, content that should be added to the Toolbox, and pictures of best practice Complete Streets examples.

Resources

Mode Share Action Plan 2.0
Quantifying Complete Streets Elements in the SHOPP Tool (PPTX)