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Evaluating Complete Streets: The Value of Designing Roads For Diverse Modes, Users and Activities

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Todd Litman
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This report discusses the justification for implementing a "complete streets" approach to urban planning. Complete streets refer to street planning that takes into account and accommodates multiple modes of travel, uses, and users. The report finds that in communities that desire alternative modes of transportation and more compact development, complete streets can provide benefits such as improved accessibility, emissions reductions, and energy savings.