In this study of 37 projects, Smart Growth America found that Complete Streets projects
tended to improve safety for everyone, increased biking and walking, and showed a mix of
increases and decreases in automobile traffic, depending in part on the project goal. Compared
to conventional transportation projects, these projects were remarkably affordable, and
were an inexpensive way to achieve transportation goals. In terms of economic returns, the
limited data available suggests Complete Streets projects were related to broader economic
gains like increased employment and higher property values. Read more.