Complete Streets Policies ensure all city planners and developers consistently think about all users when building or improving streets and neighborhoods. Users include people who walk and cycle, motorists, disabled persons, children, the elderly, and people who use public transportation.
The National Complete Streets Coalition says “Complete Streets integrates people and place in the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of our transportation networks. The Coalition promotes the development and implementation of policies and professional practices that ensure streets are safe for people of all ages and abilities, balance the needs of different modes, and support local land uses, economies, cultures, and natural environments.”
In spring 2016, Mayor Jon Mitchell and the New Bedford City Council approved a Complete Streets Ordinance to be adopted by the city.