Simply put, Complete Streets are those that utilize design standards to make streets safe for all users, including those who walk, ride bikes and use public transportation. There is no single formula for Complete Streets; each street is unique and accommodates the needs of the surrounding community. A Complete Street may include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crosswalks, median islands, pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, among others.
What have Broward County and its partners been doing to implement Complete Streets?
Broward County’s efforts to promote and implement Complete Streets began in earnest when County staff presented the concept of Complete Streets to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in 2009. Since that time, a number of County agencies, the Broward MPO, municipalities and other partners have been working to develop Complete Streets design guidelines, update codes and the Comprehensive Plan, identify and allocate funding and ultimately construct projects.
A Complete Streets Team was developed and has been working with its partners to continue the implementation of Complete Streets projects. Most recently, on June 10, 2014, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners adopted Complete Streets policies into the Broward County Comprehensive Plan. A number of municipalities have adopted resolutions in support of the concept and are working toward adopting policies into their comprehensive plans.