Complete Streets for Canada

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Complete Street Transformations

Photo Credit: 
Brandon Quigley, TCAT

In 2016, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation compiled nine Complete Street projects from across the Greater Golden Horseshoe Region into a book, with the goal of understanding the types of projects that municipalities are identifying as Complete Streets, as well as exploring the types of indicators that are being used to evaluate these efforts. No definition was given of what constitutes a Complete Street; rather, municipalities were asked to self-select any projects that they felt represented a Complete Streets approach in their jurisdictions. As a result, no two projects are alike, and the contexts of the projects are quite varied, from both large and small municipalities, in urban, suburban and rural contexts.  

This project was generously supported by the Government of Ontario through the Places to Grow Implementation Fund.  

See highlights from each of the nine transformations below, or download the full report from the TCAT website.   


Davenport Road, Waterloo

Once a barrier between an established residential community and adjacent commercial and residential areas, Davenport Road now connects neighbourhoods and encourages active transportation.


King St, Kitchener 

An innovative redesign featuring seasonal flexibility, enhanced pedestrian features, and sustainable streetscaping has substantially improved this downtown main street in Kitchener.  


College Ave W, Guelph

College Avenue West was transformed by taking advantage of planned road resurfacing to include painted bike lanes and achieve an active transportation “quick win”.


Queen's Quay, Toronto

The revitalized Queens Quay along Toronto’s central waterfront has been transformed from a wide roadway to a boulevard that prioritizes walking, cycling, transit, and public space.


Shellard Lane, Brantford

The Shellard Lane conversion is the product of a proactive move to integrate infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians into the right of way of an existing street that is the backbone of new and continuing residential development. 


Richmond and Adelaide Streets, Toronto

The addition of cycle tracks along this major corridor of parallel one-way arterial streets provides a key east-west bike route through the heart of Toronto’s downtown core.


Brealey Drive, Peterborough

Once a rural road with no sidewalks, Brealey Drive now includes a fully separated bicycle trail, sidewalks on both sides of the street, as well as new crossings for people on bikes and on foot, allowing better access to major destinations along this increasingly urbanized street.


Highway 7, Markham and Richmond Hill

Formerly a divided regional road oriented solely to motor vehicles, a complete redesign has brought bus rapid transit, bike lanes, and pedestrian improvements. 



Cannon St, Hamilton

Cannon Street is a truck route, but as downtown neighbourhoods transition to better accommodate residents, a road diet has defined space for cyclists and sheltered pedestrians on existing sidewalks.