Complete Streets Policy
Orange County will develop and maintain a safe and accessible transportation network that provides alternative options for all users, coordinates adjacent land uses and promotes a more livable community for people of all ages and abilities. The transportation network will improve public health and safety, while encouraging economic activity, community character, livability, and equity in order to enhance the quality of life for Orange County residents and visitors over the long-term.
Orange County Complete Streets Policy
It is the intent of this policy to promote a safe and accessible transportation network that balances the needs of all users, including: pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, motorists, emergency vehicles, freight carriers, and agricultural vehicles. This policy promotes and enhances public health and safety, while encouraging economic activity, community character, livability, and equity for people of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, including children, families, aging populations and individuals with disabilities.
The benefits of Complete Streets include: better access to safe streets for all, increased opportunities for active transportation, improved individual health, improvements to overall air quality, promotion of equal opportunities, and decreased accidents throughout the County.
What is a Complete Street?
A complete street:
- Is a street designed to serve all users and modes
- Is part of a connected and integrated transportation network
- Applies to all roadways, projects, and phases (when appropriate)
- Considers context sensitive approaches and best practice design criteria
Each complete street is unique, but elements may include:
- Accessible pedestrian signals
- Accessible transit stops
- Bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders)
- Bump outs (curb extensions)
- Bus lanes
- Frequent crossing opportunities
- Median islands
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