Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, funded, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.
Where does the policy apply?
This policy is for projects seeking PACTS funding. MaineDOT sponsored projects in the region are highly encouraged, but not required to comply with the Regional Complete Streets Policy. In municipalities that have their own Complete Streets Policy, PACTS funded transportation projects should follow the strictest regulations of any involved Complete Streets Policy. Note that Complete Streets are context- dependent and may look different in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
Who was involved?
This policy was created in collaboration with an external working group comprised of representatives from the City of Portland, Town of Windham, and Bicycle Coalition of Maine. The policy has also been informed by insight and feedback from the MaineDOT, Regional Transportation Advisory Committee, and members of the GPCOG Transportation and Community Network.
Why is Complete Streets important?
This policy is a regional commitment to designing and funding transportation projects that provide access for all users and modes of transportation. Complete Streets expand choices while continuing to serve existing users; improve safety, accessibility, and public health; mitigate climate change and environmental effects; and spur economic development.Implementing this policy will ensure that the region is a more appealing, enjoyable and sustainable (socially, economically, and environmentally) community for all.