What is a Complete Street?
The Smart Growth American National Complete Streets Coalition defines complete streets as follows:
“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.”
Drafting a Complete Streets Policy
The Virginia Beach Comprehensive Plan, adopted by City Council in 2009, calls for the creation of a definition and applicability of a citywide “Complete Streets” policy. The City of Virginia Beach Strategic Growth Area Department received a grant by Smart Growth America to hold a complete streets workshop. This well attended and successful workshop was held in April 2013 (see presentation).
Shortly following this workshop, the City of Virginia Beach established a staff committee to meet on a monthly basis to develop a complete streets policy. This committee began meeting in May 2013. Future project updates will be posted to this website as the City continues to develop a Complete Streets policy. If you have any questions regarding this project please contact Mark Shea of the Strategic Growth Area Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.