Complete Streets for Canada

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Do Complete Streets policies always lead to Complete Streets?

Adopting a Complete Streets policy is a strong step towards change but does not guarantee implementation. As a result, some Canadian jurisdictions have begun to develop Complete Streets implementation guidelines. These guidelines support existing Complete Streets policies by ensuring that local engineers and planners have direction to implement Complete Streets in new infrastructure projects or as part of right-of-way retrofits.

For a great example of how guidelines can dictate Complete Streets implementation, please check out the Complete Streets Guidelines from Calgary.