complete street
n. A street designed to accommodate various forms of transportation, including cars, public transit, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Example Citations:
A key tool in the process would be a "complete streets" that says when roadways are being constructed or resurfaced, spaces for bicycles and pedestrians will be included.

"From a cost effectiveness perspective, the best way to get these projects accomplished is to integrate them into ongoing work," Olson said.

But a complete streets strategy is more than just a way to get things built, said MetroParks Director Charlie Shoemaker.

"Complete streets is all about changing how we think about communities and really designing fully integrated lifestyles for people," he said.
—Ken McCall, "'Complete streets' bike strategy wins fans in Valley," Dayton Daily News, March 21, 2008

The plan's initial priority is to reshape Central between Broadway and Woodland Avenue as a "complete street" by narrowing it to a two-lane road and, in turn, creating more room for a pedestrian-friendly streetscape with bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and on-street parking.
—Hayes Hickman, "Work to begin on Downtown North," Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 23, 2008

Earliest Citation:
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee answered cycling advocate's prayers in early December when it introduced a draft of the federal transportation bill. The draft, called Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users, or TEA-LU, would provide $1.5 billion over six years for a national Safe Routes to School program. ... The bills, however, left out a routine accommodations program that advocates now call Complete Streets, which would mandate cycling and pedestrian provisions on new roads.
—"Senate, House fund safe routes to school," Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, January 1, 2004

This phrase is a bit older than the earliest citation, according to Barbara McCann, the founder of the Complete Streets movement:

Today marks an anniversary for the complete streets movement: the term ‘complete streets’ was coined seven years ago, on December 3rd, 2003. That’s the day I wrote a memo to the America Bikes board suggesting it as a replacement for the clunky term ‘routine accommodation’ — the term then in use to express the idea of including bicycles in everyday transportation planning. While the concept of routine accommodations was powerful, we realized a more powerful name would help it gain more traction.

The new term was born, appropriately, out of a collaborative effort. While I wrote the memo, it followed a series of brainstorming meetings I’d organized for America Bikes that involved people from a wide range of organizations, including Smart Growth America’s David Goldberg — the first to say “complete streets.”
—Barbara MccAnn, “Happy Anniversary, Complete Streets!,“ Smart Growth America, December 3, 2010

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