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Complete and Green Streets

Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities must be able to safely move along and across a complete street.

Complete Streets change the traditional transportation paradigm from "moving cars quickly" to "providing safe access for all modes."

Lower Euclid<br />Cleveland's $220 million complete street redevelopmentEuclid Corridor<br />in Midtown a bike lane and bus rapid transit have attracted cyclists and new, mixed use developmentFleet Avenue in Slavic Village<br />will be Cleveland's first Complete and Green street under its 2011 legislation


Supported by the work of transportation advocates, including GreenCityBlueLake, Cleveland City Council adopted Complete Streets legislation in September 2011. Cleveland joins 350 cities and regions across the U.S. in designing streets that are safe for everyone. Cleveland even went a step further by linking Complete and Green Streets through legislation. Only a few cities in the country are coordinating both.

For the 25 to 65 percent of Clevelanders who don't own a car— the seniors, children, transit riders, cyclists, those who walk—and for motorists, Complete Streets is a low-cost way of improving safety, efficiency, property values, and making cities more attractive and pleasant places.

Reasons for Complete and Green Streets

  • The City of Cleveland hired Alta Planning to help it create a complete streets design toolkit. In winter, 2013 a Streets Typology workshop was held, and on April 10, the city hosts a public meeting to explore how it will design streets with its Complete Streets law. Typologies consider big, mid and small-sized streets within the context of surrounding land-use.
  • Complete Streets is an integral part of the mobility prong of the Healthy Cleveland initiative
  • It’s a great opportunity to link access (bike routes, sharrows, crosswalks) and natural stormwater features, to integrate them at the outset of project design
  • The Northeast Ohio Sewer District is just starting to work on its $42 million plan to remove stormwater from its worst CSOs by financing green infrastructure pilot projects, including green streets

Next steps

  • Cleveland unveiled its draft Complete and Green Streets designs at a public meeting in April, 2013. As the city determines where to put more bike lanes, pedestrian space, native plants and transit waiting environments to make streets safer and more appealing, tell them what you'd like to see.
  • Next up for Cleveland: Adopting urban street design guidelines to implement the policy of the Complete Streets ordinance. It's important that the city figure out how to develop complete streets soon. The first complete and green street project for the city—Fleet Avenue reconstruction (2013)—will be a good test case.
  • The STAT 2019 group—which is a member of the Complete and Green Streets committee helping to develop policy and practice at the City—also called on Cleveland City Hall to make a long-term commitment to train Traffic Engineers and Planning staff on how to implement green and complete streets.
  • Seattle and North Saint Paul—currently the only other cities with Complete and Green Streets policy—offer lessons as Cleveland figures out its policy that will direct how and where the city will apply Complete and Green streets. For example, Seattle has an incentive program where developers earn density bonuses in exchange for funding maintenance of the green street/bioswale.
  • One goal for the region would be to build off Cleveland's leadership—suburban officials and NOACA's new leadership need to be educated that complete streets legislation contributes to quality of life and an efficient transportaton system in their communities.


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