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Equity in Complete Streets Policies: Fact Sheets & Research Briefs

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Smart Growth America

With support by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Jamie Chriqui has led a research team in examining the equity and active living–oriented components of Complete streets policies to answer this question:

What provisions in complete streets policies lead to more equitable implementation and higher physical activity levels in communities?

This page features reports and other materials generated by this research. It is updated as new study documents become available.

Exploring the Association Between Complete Streets Policies and Taking Public Transit to Work

This research brief summarizes the results of a study examining the association between complete streets policies at the county and municipal levels in the United States and taking public transit to work.

This review found that having a complete streets policy was associated with significantly higher rates of taking public transit at both the county and municipal levels. Download the PDF of this November 2016 research brief.

Prioritizing Transportation Equity through Complete Streets

This report summarizes findings from a qualitative study of eight communities that had identified equity as a priority in their complete streets policies to identify how equity is being implemented and prioritized in practice.

This study found that although communities felt that prioritizing equity in complete streets projects was the right thing to do, it was difficult to implement in practice. Lessons learned and strategies for addressing these challenges are presented in this report. Read this November 2016 research report (PDF).