Complete Streets

Complete Streets Advisory Committee

The Complete Streets Advisory Committee was formed in 2013 to assist roadway improvement project implementers and municipalities, in partnership with roadway owners, to identify opportunities in integrating complete streets elements into a variety of project types. The Advisory Committee includes staff from entities represented on CDTC’s Planning Committee including NYSDOT, CDTA, CDRPC, two cities, one county, and two towns. The Committee’s work is facilitated by CDTC staff.

There are three broad categories of projects for which the Advisory Committee would like Complete Streets elements considered:

  • Preservation First/Maintenance and Operations projects (Includes projects currently on the adopted/draft TIP)
  • Existing TIP infrastructure projects (Includes projects currently on the adopted/draft TIP which are considered “beyond preservation” )
  • Land development/redevelopment initiated improvements

Complete Streets

Complete Streets are appropriate to the community context and designed and operated to enable safe, convenient access for all users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, motorists, and the movement of goods.
CDTC has developed an Educational and Technical Workshop Series to improve local municipal communication and coordination, training and education.
CDTC’s Long Range Plan adopted in 2015, New Visions 2040, included a Complete Streets White Paper and a Complete Streets Planning and Investment Principle:

  • Transportation investments are made based on a complete streets framework which supports the convenient and safe travel of all people — of all ages and abilities as appropriate to a facility’s community context.
  • Utilizing a complete streets framework ensures that transportation investments are consistently planned, programmed, designed, operated and maintained with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and local delivery needs.
  • Successful implementation of a complete streets framework will be achieved by working with federal, state, regional and local partners to improve communication and coordination, training and education, and design standards and other resources.

Capital Region policies, ordinances, and resolutions:

Complete Streets Resources

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is responsible for implementing Complete Streets on projects undertaken by NYSDOT.

New York State Complete Streets Act

New York State passed a Complete Streets Act in 2011. The Act requires state, county and local agencies to consider the convenience and mobility of all users when developing transportation projects that receive both state and federal funding.

National Complete Streets Coalition

The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of Complete Streets policies and professional practices, and provides technical assistance workshops as well as an inventory of Complete Streets policies from around the country.

New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide

This Guide provides a concise but thorough reference guide for designing streets to meet multimodal and community needs. This Complete Streets toolbox draws on best practices from a variety of national design standards and guidelines, emphasizes the role of context and flexibility during the design process, and describes the benefits and applications of numerous design options. Example street typologies illustrate how different treatments can be applied to different contexts throughout New Jersey.

City of Albany Complete Streets Policy and Design Manual

In 2017 the City of Albany adopted its Complete Streets Policy and Design Manual, guiding street rehabilitation, construction, and design for all public and private projects throughout the City to ensure that complete street elements are incorporated. Treatment criteria are based on physical constraints, street and intersection type, land use context, and neighborhood character.

City of Saratoga Springs Complete Streets Plan

The Complete Streets Plan is based around providing four ‘layers’ of infrastructure: pedestrian sidewalks and crossings, on-street bikeways, greenways and trails and transit connections. Each layer has options for bronze, silver and gold level Complete Streets, based on the context of each project, community support, and available resources.

New York State Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations