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Smart Growth America - "Safer Streets, Stronger Economies"

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Smart Growth America researched how 37 projects in the U.S. profited from investing in a Complete Streets design. These cases were useful for reserach because they could provide transportation and/or economic data from before and after the projects were developed. There are however over 700 towns, cities, counties, regions, and states in the U.S. (as of 2015) that have passed Complete Streets policies. 

The document highlights that in general streets became much safer, avoiding "a total cost of $18.1 million in collision and injury costs in one year alone." Not only did Complete Streets projects prevent costs associated with safety, but they were also significantly less costly than conventional transportation projects. Data also showed that traveling by bike, foot and transit increased for nearly every project. 

Economic benefits varied in many cases, but are outlined in the document.