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Manuals, Guides, and Additional Resources

There are a many resources from New Jersey and across the country that showcase Complete Streets best practices and help municipalities develop and implement Complete Streets policies.

New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2012. Making Complete Streets A Reality: A Guide to Complete Streets Policy Development.”


The guide provides an overview of Complete Streets that includes the benefits, costs, and converging trends related to the movement.  The guide also outlines six steps for developing a Complete Streets policy, discusses liability concerns, and addresses critical considerations related to policy adoption. The appendices in the guide include a Complete Streets Checklist and a Model Complete Streets Policy Template.

New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2012. “New Jersey’s Guide to Creating a Complete Streets Implementation Plan

The guide builds on the NJDOT’s Complete Streets Guide and provides further discussion on implementing a Complete Streets Policy.  The guide emphasizes the following key components: (1) updating plans, policies, and procedures to incorporate Complete Streets principles; (2) incorporating Complete Streets into the development process; (3) building institutional capacity through training, communication, and monitoring; (4) creating partnerships to advance the policy; (5) initiating pilot projects to build support and demonstrate the value of Complete Streets; (6) integrating Complete Streets into the earliest stages of project delivery and throughout the project life cycle; (7) utilizing available tools and resources.

City of Philadelphia. 2012. “Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook.”

The handbook provides a detailed overview of design treatments associated with Complete Streets. The design treatments are categorized by their relationship to seven street “components”: (1) pedestrian; (2) building and furnishing; (3) bicycle; (4) curbside management; (5) vehicle/cartway; (6) urban design; (7) intersections and crossings. Additionally, the handbook proposes eleven context-sensitive street classifications to assist in determining which Complete Street design treatments are appropriate for particular environments.

Delaware Department of Transportation.  2011. “Complete Streets in Delaware: A Guide for Local Governments.”

The guide provides an overview of Complete Streets that includes an extensive discussion of the benefits of implementing a Complete Streets policy and the history of the movement both nationally and in Delaware.  The guide also contains an overview of key Complete Streets design elements and implementation steps for Delaware communities.

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission. 2012. “Complete Streets Toolkit: A Guide for Central Ohio Communities.”

The guide provides an overview of Complete Streets including the history, motivating factors, and health equity considerations related to the movement.  The guide also discusses the elements of a model Complete Streets policy based on the National Coalition of Complete Streets criteria as well as particular considerations for different types of communities (e.g., urban, suburban, and rural).  Additional chapters cover engineering, education and encouragement, enforcement, evaluation, land use and urban form, transit-oriented development, and parking management.

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