Complete Streets

“Complete streets” refers to the concept that roadways should be designed with all users in mind, not just motorists. The term was introduced around 2003 in an effort to improve pedestrian and bicycle facilities in particular, and it is now used by many local governments. In 2011, the state legislature passed the Complete Streets Act, codified in RCW 47.04.320-.340, encouraging local governments to adopt their own complete streets ordinances. In particular, RCW 47.04.320(1) states that such ordinances should “provide safe access to all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, and public transportation users.”

RCW 47.04.330 requires the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to consult with local jurisdictions and consider the needs of all users by applying context sensitive solutions when constructing, reconstructing, or making major improvements to streets that are part of the state highway system.

Funding – The Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) is administering the Award Program.

The Alliance for a Livable and Sustainable Community hosted staff from the Washington State Departments of Health and Transportation and the Transportation Improvement Board at a four-hour workshop on Complete Streets on Tuesday, June 28th. The workshop was very well attended, with about 35 attendees from throughout central Washington.

Presentations from the June 28th, 2016 Complete Streets Workshop are linked below.


What Are Complete Streets? Why Health?

Why Complete Streets?

The Complete Streets Network Approach

Ten Elements of a Complete Street

Walkable Communities

Complete Streets Award Program