Complete Streets: Encouraging Transportation for Everyone

The Metropolitan Transportation Board passed a Complete Streets resolution in 2011 that directs the creation of a policy and roadway design guidelines. Complete Streets practices ensure roadways are designed for the comfort and safety of all users of all abilities. Additionally, MRMPO revised the Future Albuquerque Area Bikeways and Streets (FAABS) document to include Complete Streets design guidance. The new updated document is the Long Range Transportation System Guide. In addition, MRMPO works with the New Mexico Complete Streets Leadership Team, a statewide education effort.

Car on Frost Road in Bernalillo

About Complete Streets

Complete Streets is a national movement to encourage and ensure that roadways are designed, built and operate to serve everyone - pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, and drivers - and that they take into account the needs of people of all abilities including those with disabilities, senior citizens, and children. Several jurisdictions in New Mexico have passed Complete Streets resolutions or adopted policy that encourages or ensures the development of streets that serve all users. The Santa Fe and Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), the Town of Mesilla, Doña Ana County, and the City of Las Cruces.

MRMPO intends to follow the precedent set in southern New Mexico by encouraging the adoption of Complete Streets resolutions and policies in our region. Bernalillo County has already taken steps toward this direction with the adoption of its Pedestrian-Bicyclist Safety Action Plan (2012) which includes a Complete Streets policy and Complete Streets design recommendations. Rio Rancho's Comprehensive Plan includes Complete Streets-related goals, policies and actions and calls for the development of a city-wide Complete Streets Policy. And in 2014 the City of Albuquerque adopted a Complete Streets policy.

  1. Tara Cok

    Transportation Planner
    Phone: 505-724-3627