The Innovation of Complete Streets
The idea behind complete streets is that streets should transport people, not just cars. For too long, our states, cities, counties, and towns have built miles of streets and roads that are safe and comfortable only for motor vehicle travel. Sprawling communities have become dangerous and inconvenient places to walk, bicycle, or take transit, leaving little choice for getting around. Complete streets represent an innovation in traditional road construction philosophy. For more information on the National complete streets movement, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition website.
There are many complete streets policies in South Carolina, which guide the development of roads built for all users. Visit our resources page for more information on where these policies exist.
On the Road to Complete Streets in South Carolina
In 2010, along with ESMMSC, we produced two fantastic resources for learning more about Complete Streets and advancing equitable road policy change within their community. The two resources are an Advocacy Manual and users Toolbook.
These resources are free for download: the Advocacy Manual and the Complete Streets toolbook. Depending upon your need and our availability, we may be able to provide you a hard-copy. You can submit an order by emailing us, and we will be in touch.
Current and Future Efforts
In 2011, the PCC, AARP of South Carolina and ESMMSC offered two workshops on Complete Streets policy development and implementation. This workshop, suited for engineers, planners, public health professionals, advocates, and many others, offered a primer on complete streets, policy development, and implementation was led by National Complete Streets Coalition trainer Roger Henderson.
Complete Streets Policies in SC (Phoebe)
4 Steps to Implementation (Roger)
Breakout — Advocating for CS (Rachael & Amy)
Breakout — 6 Step Implementation Process (Roger)
We developed a coalition among diverse public and private partners in South Carolina, including planners, public officials, engineers, public health professionals, community members, and many others.