EPA’s Complete Streets Technical
helps communities setinvestment priorities, draft policies, anddevelop strategies to make their streetsgreener, as well as safe and appealing to allusers, including drivers, pedestrians,bicyclists, and transit riders. For more
information about EPA’s Complete Streets
Technical Assistance, please visit:
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Features from before-and-after photos aboveinclude walking paths, bike racks, benches,narrower driving lanes to help slow the speed of cars, and more efficient parking. Permeablepavement along with bioswales (long, linear raingardens) capture and filter stormwater and use itwhere it falls to help beautify the street.
“Green streets enrich city streets by adding lushness
and color to the concrete and asphalt hardscape. Theseroadside gardens add natural beauty to otherwisebarren spaces. Furthermore, Green streets help cleanthe air and cool the city, while providing food and
habitat for migratory birds and pollinators.”
New York City Global Partners
“Best Practice: Greenstreets: Greening Roadways”
• Multiple Transportation Uses
• Catalyst for Redevelopment• Improve Water Quality• Reduce Stormwater Flow• Reduce Urban Island Effect• Enhance Pedestrian Safety• Reduce Carbon Footprint• Beautify Neighborhoods
Green, complete streets can enhance a street’s
appearance, reduce adverse impacts of the
built environment, and increase an area’s
What do they do?
www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/buildingblocks.htm. Features from before-and-after photosabove include narrower driving lanes,designated bike lanes, neighborhood streetbanners, street lighting under the treecanopies, and wider sidewalks (especiallyat corners). This streetscape design is alsoenhanced by rain gardens that slow andfilter stormwater runoff.
Green, Complete Street Example:Green, Complete Street Example: