Design Guidance

Complete Streets policies and resolutions are a first step toward safer and healthier streets; however, an effective next step is to develop or adopt design standards or guidelines that support these policies.

Roadway Design

Lane Width and Number of Lanes

Traffic Calming


On-Street Parking


Pedestrian Crossing Islands

Signals and Signal Timing


Transit Amenities

Bicycle Infrastructure

Bike Lanes

Protected Bike Lanes (Cycle Tracks)

Bicycle Boulevards & Shared Lanes

Multiuse Trails

Streetside Design

The streetside of a roadway refers to the pedestrian section of the roadway extending from the edge of private property to the face of the curb. This area not only provides for pedestrian travel, access to adjacent properties, and locations for transit amenities; the streetside also has significant economic and environmental potential. In many areas, the streetside offers the opportunity to become public spaces that bring added value to the street and support adjacent business.

Sidewalks and Buffers

Pedestrian Amenities

Street Trees

Active Public Spaces

Green Infrastructure

Green streets incorporate green infrastructure or low-impact development (LID) practices into their design and functioning. They are designed to integrate natural systems with the built environment by utilizing ecosystem services to manage and mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff, water pollution, air pollution, and the urban heat island effect.

Rain Gardens

Infiltration Basins