Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across a Complete Street. 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. People that live in neighborhoods with Complete Streets are more likely to be active and less likely to be obese. Complete Streets also reduce the risk of pedestrian and bicycle crashes, and improve air quality.
Complete Streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design with all users in mind including drivers, public transportation vehicles and riders, pedestrians, and bicyclists as well as older people, children and people with disabilities. All Complete Streets look different, but common features include sidewalks, bike lanes, wide shoulders, raised crosswalks, bus shelters and crossings, refuge medians, wide shoulders, special bus lanes, sidewalk bulb outs and audible pedestrian signals. For more information about what Complete Streets look like, please visit www.completestreets.org.
As of 2012, the City of La Crosse has passed a Green Complete Streets ordinance which ensures enviornmental sustainability including landscaping efforts, stormwater management and air quality in addition to accessibility and safety for all. Complete Streets policies have also been passed by La Crosse County, the City of Onalaska and the Villages of West Salem and Holmen. Complete Streets makes it easier and safer for community members of all ages and abilities to be active. For more information about Complete Streets in La Crosse County, contact Linda Lee.