1) Complete Streets Partnership - 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. Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their orientation toward building primarily for cars. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users. Places with complete streets policies are making sure that their streets and roads work for drivers, transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as for older people, children, and people with disabilities. Since each complete street is unique, it is impossible to give a single description. But ingredients that may be found on a complete street include sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible transit stops, frequent crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, and more. A complete street in a rural area will look quite different from a complete street in a highly urban area. But both are designed to balance safety and convenience for everyone using the road.
2) AARP - A holistic approach to mobility that is gaining traction across the country which: a) asks planners and engineers to broaden their traditional practice of designing primarily for cars, b) insists that all users should benefit from our transportation systems, not just motorists, and c) imagines flexible transportation systems that respond to specific local needs and circumstances. Complete Streets is just one element of a larger AARP initiative called Livable Communities. Essentially, AARP believes that communities should be "livable" for people who are aging with realistic housing options, multiple ways to get around, and access to services and public spaces that promote independence.
3) Complete Streets represents a paradigm shift in traditional road construction philosophy. Instead of a project-by-project struggle to accommodate bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly practices, complete streets policies require all road construction and improvement projects to begin by evaluating how the right-of-way serves all who use it.