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Completing our Streets:

The transition to safe and inclusive transportation networks

Completing our Streets

6" x 9", softcover, 205 pages,
Island Press, $28.

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The complete streets movement is based on a simple idea: streets should be safe for people of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, driving, bicycling, or taking the bus. Completing Our Streets provides the strategies, tools, and inspiration needed to translate this idea into real and lasting change in cities and towns of all sizes.

Completing Our Streets begins with the story of how the complete streets movement united bicycle riders, transportation practitioners and agencies, public health leaders, older Americans, and smart growth advocates to dramatically re-frame the discussion of transportation safety. It explores the policy changes needed for a successful complete streets program, and it discusses how to get the process started.

Completing Our Streets shares stories from places big and small that are adopting a complete streets approach to all of their transportation projects.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Why We Build Incomplete Streets
  3. How the Complete Streets Movement Succeeds
  4. Closing the Gap between Policy and Practice
  5. Process over Projects: Changing How Decisions Are Made
  6. Looking for Every Opportunity
  7. Practitioners as Champions
  8. Answering a Loaded Question: How Much Do Complete Streets Cost?
  9. The Balancing Act: Setting Priorities for Different Users
  10. Expanding Complete Streets
  11. Appendix A. Case Study Finder
  12. Appendix B. Complete Streets Resources

Your Guarantee of Satisfaction

Completing Our Streets is guaranteed. If you are not 100% satisfied, you may return it within 30 days for a full refund.

About the Author

Barbara McCann is the director of the Office of Safety, Energy and Environment at the US Department of Transportation. She was the founding Executive Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, working with groups from AARP to the YMCA to develop and advance the adoption of policies to make streets safe for all users.


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“The Completing Our Streets is now the definitive book on how communities can work together to make streets safe for all users.”
— The Atlantic Cities

“This valuable book shows how to bridge the gap between complete-streets policy and implementation.”
— Planning

“Creating streets that work for everyone, not just drivers, is far more complicated than good design. In sharing her keen insights into the experiences of communities that are bucking the long-standing auto-centric approach to transportation planning in the US, McCann offers a promising way forward.”
— Susan Handy
Professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, University of California, Davis