Complete Streets for Canada

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Element 3: Applies to all Projects

Element Definition: 

A successful Complete Streets policy recognizes that all transportation improvements provide a valuable opportunity to change the way streets are designed. While the ideal time to apply a Complete Streets approach is when a new street is built, improvements to the road network should also occur during routine retrofitting or maintenance operations. 

Opportunities to integrate Complete Streets into general repair and maintenance work are plentiful. Examples include: repainting an old crosswalk that is faded (or adding an additional crosswalk); retiming pedestrian signals during maintenance work so the elderly have enough time to cross the street; or reducing lane width to provide more space for cyclists during routine restriping.

Official Plan Quotes: 

Official Plan of the City of Kitchener – Section 13.C.1.1. Active Transportation Policies

“The City will ensure, whenever feasible, the provision of facilities to encourage walking and cycling, and to address the needs, safety and convenience of pedestrians and cyclists when constructing or reconstructing public facilities” (City of Kitchener, 2014).

The Official Plan of the City of London – City Building Policies, Mobility, 9.0 Active Transportation, 273.

“All street reconstruction and/or street widenings will incorporate cycling or cycling related infrastructure where identified by the Cycling Master Plan” (City of London, 2015).