N.C. Department of Transportation’s “Complete Streets” policy directs the
department to consider and incorporate several modes of transportation when
building new projects or making improvements to existing infrastructure. The
benefits of this approach include:
- Making it easier for travelers to get where they need to go;
- Encouraging the use of alternative forms of transportation;
- Building more sustainable communities;
- Increasing connectivity between neighborhoods, street, and transit systems;
- Improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.
NCDOT evaluated its Complete Streets Policy and Complete Streets Planning and Design Guidelines in 2018. NCDOT's Bicycle and Pedestrian Division worked with a team of stakeholders from communities statewide to assess how the policy is being used and determine any possible improvements. The team's evaluation provided recommendations to improve how the policy can be more effectively integrated into transportation projects. The evaluation will be used to guide future improvements to the program.