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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.

Policy

LOCAL COMPLETE STREETS RESOLUTIONS

All jurisdictions in Alameda County have adopted Complete Streets Resolutions. Among other things, these resolutions express the jurisdictions’ commitment to considering accommodation for all modes and all users as a part of all projects and all phases. These resolutions satisfy Alameda CTC requirements to receive Direct Local Distribution funds and MTC requirements to be eligible for the One Bay Area Grant program.

STATE COMPLETE STREETS ACT REQUIREMENTS

The Complete Streets Act of 2008 (Assembly Bill 1358) requires that cities and counties, upon any substantive revision of the circulation element of the General Plan, must plan for a balanced, multimodal network that meets the needs of all users.  The following resources may be helpful as local jurisdictions seek to satisfy this requirement.

Implementation

MTC COMPLETE STREETS (ROUTINE ACCOMODATION) CHECKLIST

MTC Resolution 3765 requires that any project using funding administered by MTC consider the accommodations of bicyclists and pedestrians in planning, design, and construction. Project sponsors are required to complete a Complete Streets Checklist when the project is submitted to MTC for funding.

IMPLEMENTATION RESOURCES

Alameda CTC has identified a number of best practice examples to assist jurisdictions in implementing their adopted complete streets.  These include design guidance, project scoping/development checklists, work plans, and more.

For more information, contact Matthew Bomberg at 510.208.7444 or mbomberg@alamedactc.org