The N.C. Department of Transportation adopted in July 2009 a policy known as Complete Streets, which directs the department to consider and incorporate different modes of transportation, such as walking, biking and public transit, when building or improving existing roads.
These "complete streets" generally include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, transit stops and other accommodations designed for all travelers – not just drivers.
Benefits of the Complete Streets policy include:
- Making it easier for travelers to get where they need to go
- Encouraging individuals to use non-vehicular forms of transportation
- Building more sustainable communities
- Better connecting neighborhoods, streets and transit systems
- Improving safety for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists