How will complete streets affect transportation ?

How will complete streets affect transportation ?

Complete Streets are considered by many to be the future of travel. They are designed to offer a blend of both safety and mobility by better managing the speed of traffic as well as its flow. This concept also includes protecting the integrity of infrastructure by making alternative designs to improve the longevity of roads.

While an updated approach to road development may have the potential to address many issues stemming from traditional street design, there are some challenges that commercial transport will need to overcome. To put these challenges in context, it’s important to understand Complete Streets and how their implementation could affect street development moving forward.

Complete Streets are intended to provide safe, efficient travel for cars, public transport, bikes, pedestrians (children, families, adults, seniors), and more. Many organizations in the United States are taking notice of the concept of Complete Streets and are looking for ways to implement it into our roads.

The Complete Streets is viewed as an alternative to traditional construction, which almost exclusively places cars at the forefront of road development. Here are some of the concerns that Complete Streets purport to address:

• Dependency on car travel;
• Health consequences stemming from using cars as the primary means of transport instead of walking;
• Increased emissions from a dependency on vehicle travel;
• Fatalities from poorly optimized traffic flow.

Pedestrian and bicycle fatalities are also on the rise, and many believe that the current system of travel does little to address it. And this is why planners are looking to implement Complete Streets.

Some real-life examples of Complete Streets solutions include:

• Bicycle infrastructure (bike lanes and Dutch intersections);
• Bus lanes and intersections for public transport;
• Safety features for pedestrians, like diagonal and mid-block crosswalks;
• Incorporation of features meant to protect the physical integrity of roads, such as permeable pavement and stormwater management solutions;
• More speed bumps, curb extensions, fewer lanes, etc.

Many of these changes required building out areas into road or sidewalk, which cut into the available space for vehicle travel.

Complete Streets also borrows from other past designs, including the implementation of parklets on top of parking spaces, open streets, and more. These changes could result in bottlenecks that restrict travel for trucks and construction. We’re also seeing a rise in independent delivery services that could further cause traffic congestion.


So while Complete Streets aim to solve many problems with their implementation, other challenges could arise. Businesses will need forward-thinking logistics and transport experts who can anticipate these obstacles.

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