Complete Streets Complete Networks: A Manual for the Design of Active Transportation


Using a straightforward approach, this manual provides the tools you need for designing complete roadways. The designs enhance a sense of place and encourage all modes of travel. Communities committed to creating safe and attractive public spaces will find this resource indispensable.

The design manual is divided into five chapters: Basis, Typologies, Geometrics, Amenities, and Processes. Each chapter provides information to assist planners, designers and decision makers in developing a new design approach to enable better and safer active transportation in their communities.

The information is organized to facilitate the design process and to allow the reader to access relevant information at various stages in the development of Complete Streets.

Note: Every chapter is accessible in a high quality print version, an efficient web version and in specifically designed, copy and paste friendly, Microsoft Word and Excel formats, both with and without images. The fonts used were from the DIN and Baskerville family of fonts and are available at Standard replacement fonts suggested are Arial and Georgia.

Each chapter builds on the previous; however, this document is not intended to be read front-to-back. Instead, each chapter provides a quick reference on a specific aspect of the Complete Streets concept. The chapters are as follows:

Complete Streets: An Introduction, contains instructions on how to use the manual, chapter summaries and acknowledgements.   

Chapter 1, Basis: Complete Design Processes and Policies, is a primer on the philosophy behind transportation design of multimodal accommodation and new ways to optimize roadways that create complete networks.

Chapter 2, Typologies: Complete Networks through Places, Modes, and Links, contains methods for scoping and design based on place context, mode hierarchy, and street typology.

Chapters 3, Geometrics: Components for Assembling Complete Streets and Chapter 4, Amenities: Components for Assembling Complete Streets, are both collections of best practices for design elements to include in roadways. These chapters include sections on both “Getting Started” and “Going the Distance,” which describe approaches for communities that are committed to building Complete Streets, and include cutting-edge approaches now in use across the country. These chapters also provide a common language for implementation practices.

Chapter 5, Processes: Implementing the Complete Streets Network, contains performance measures and design processes that enable integration of active transportation into decisions and processes.