DRAFT STREET DESIGN GUIDE
The City of Tucson has recently completed an initial draft of the new Street Design Guide. The Guide provides design guidance to city staff and project teams on how to design and construct transportation projects in a way that forwards the intent of the City's Complete Streets Policy.
WHAT ARE COMPLETE STREETS?
"Complete Streets" is an approach to transportation planning and design that guides the development of a safe, connected, and equitable transportation network for everyone - regardless of who they are, where they live, or how they get around. Adopting a Complete Streets policy, formalizes a city's intent to consistently fund, plan, design, construct and operate an interconnected street network for all anticipated users and transportation modes.
WHAT DOES A COMPETE STREET LOOK LIKE?
The complete streets approach is not a one-size-fits-all solution and it recognizes that all modes cannot receive the same type of accommodation on every street. The overall goal is that everyone can safely and comfortably travel throughout the network.
COMPLETE STREETS MAY INCLUDE...
HOW CAN COMPLETE STREETS BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY?
Complete Streets help produce better health outcomes by reducing air pollution and allowing people to safely walk and bike. They help spur economic growth by decreasing transportation costs and connecting people to their jobs, neighborhood businesses, churches, healthcare providers, and schools. They strengthen communities by empowering youth, the elderly, and people with disabilities to be mobile.
COMPLETE STREETS FOR TUCSON
Each year, close to 4,000 Tucsonans are injured - and more than 50 people lose their lives - while traveling on city streets. We are committed to changing this. With direction from Mayor and Council, Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) staff drafted a Complete Streets Policy in collaboration with Living Streets Alliance, the Complete Streets Task Force, and input from additional community stakeholders.
APPROVED ADOPTED POLICY
VISION & INTENT
The City of Tucson views all transportation improvements as opportunities to foster a vibrant, healthy, equitable, interconnected, accessible, environmentally-sustainable, and more livable city where everyone can move about safely, comfortably, and with dignity. The City's Complete Streets Policy shall guide the development of a safe, connected, and equitable transportation network that promotes enhanced mobility for people of all ages and abilities including, but not limited to, people walking, biking, using transit, driving, using wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
Safety – Complete Streets provide a safe travel experience to all and designing Complete Streets is a safety strategy to eliminate preventable traffic fatalities.
Accessibility – Complete Streets serve people of all ages and abilities.
Equity, Diversity, And Inclusivity – Complete Streets elements are implemented equitably and inclusively throughout the city.
Land Use – Complete Streets incorporate context sensitive, flexible design approaches and consider the surrounding community’s current and expected land use and transportation needs in an interconnected manner.
Environment – Complete Streets preserve and protect Tucson’s environment and increase health by providing opportunities for active transportation (walking, biking, etc.) reducing vehicle miles traveled, and decreasing pollution caused by motor vehicles.
COMPLETE STREETS COORDINATING COUNCIL
Learn about the Coordinating Council here
- National Complete Streets Coalition website
- "Complete Streets 101" by Veronica Davis
- "Complete Streets Policies" by Emiko Atherton
- Living Streets Alliance: Complete Streets
2020 SMART GROWTH AMERICA COMPLETE STREETS IMPLEMENTATION TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
- Module 1: Moving forward on Complete Streets implementation
- Module 2: Complete Streets in project prioritization
- Module 3: Assessing multimodal needs to create complete networks
- Module 4: Designing for Complete Streets
- Module 5: Maintaining Momentum for Complete Streets