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Complete Streets in Alameda County

Complete Streets are streets that are designed, built and maintained to be safe, convenient and inviting for all users of the roadway, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, persons with disabilities, movers of commercial goods, users and operators of public transit, seniors, and children.

Streets that are built for all users have multiple benefits, including increased safety, improved air quality through the reduction of auto traffic, improved health through increased physical activity, and greater cost effectiveness. Over 500 communities in the U.S. have committed to building complete streets, through the adoption of Complete Streets policies.

Alameda CTC Policy Requirements

Alameda CTC required that all local jurisdictions that receive direct program distributions of local Measure B sales tax revenues adopt a complete streets policy by June 30, 2013, and each of Alameda County's 14 jurisdictions have done so. Alameda CTC's complete streets policy resources appear below:

MTC Complete Streets Policy Requirement

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has a complete streets requirement for Bay Area jurisdictions that receive One Bay Area Grant funding. Alameda CTC developed its policy requirement to be inclusive of the MTC requirement, so that local jurisdictions only needed to adopt one policy to comply with both requirements.

General Plan Requirements

In California, per the California Complete Streets Act of 2008 (Assembly Bill 1358), all cities and counties are required to include complete streets policies as part of their general plans. Alameda CTC requires that jurisdictions comply with the state Complete Streets Act but has no deadline for this action. MTC, via its One Bay Area Grant Program, requires compliance by January 31, 2015. Compliance with this requirement will be required for eligibility with the next OBAG programming cycle.

Alameda CTC has developed a white paper on Best Practices for Incorporating Complete Streets in a Circulation Element.

Local Resources

Alameda CTC is committed to providing resources to support local jurisdictions in successfully adopting and implementing complete streets in Alameda County. For instance, Alameda CTC held workshops in 2012 on Complete Streets Policy Development and in 2013 on Complete Streets Policy Implementation. Materials from those workshops as well as other resources are available below:

For more information, contact Matthew Bomberg at 510.208.7444 or