Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A Guide for Practitioners

April 15, 2015

 A GUIDE FOR PRACTITIONERSNew strategies for transportation require new measurements of success. Over the last decade, the National Complete Streets Coalition has promoted the use of performance measures that better reflect multimodal needs and that are relevant to individuals using the system. Evaluating Complete Streets Projects: A Guide for Practitioners is an introduction to this approach.
Expanding the range of performance measures and deploying them to understand individual projects allows transportation agencies to clearly connect investments to community goals. Ultimately, communicating how projects perform can bolster support among residents and elected officials for continued investment in Complete Streets efforts.
The guide, meant for agencies interested in but just beginning their project evaluation efforts, intends to:

  • Provide general steps to take when evaluating projects.
  • Discuss useful measures for common Complete Streets goals of access, economy, environment, equity, place, public health, and safety, and the metrics that jurisdiction may use.
  • Offer tips for using those measures to tell the story of a project once it is completed.
  • Share further resources about the why and how of performance measurement for Complete Streets.