What is Complete Streets


Our vision is: “To ensure that Howard County is a place for individuals of all backgrounds to live and travel freely, safely, and comfortably, public and private roadways in Howard County shall be safe and convenient for residents of all ages and abilities who travel by foot, bicycle, public transportation or automobile, ensuring sustainable communities Countywide.”
From Howard County's Complete Streets Policy Statement

Resolution and Policy

The Howard County Council unanimously adopted the Complete Streets Resolution 
CR 120-2019 on October 7, 2019. Click here to read the Policy Statement. 

Policy Implementation

  • Click here to read the April 30, 2021 18-month report to County Council. 
  • Click here to read the October 27, 2020 12-month report to County Council on policy implementation. 
  • Click here to read the April 28, 2020 report about the first six months of policy implementation.

Howard County Complete Streets Projects 

To see descriptions of Howard County Complete Streets projects, click here.

Additional Information 

Definition of Complete Streets

“Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.”
– National Complete Streets Coalition. Click here to learn more.

Complete Streets and Equity

The Howard County Complete Streets Policy incorporates equity into the policy’s performance measures used to track implementation progress, prioritize projects, and evaluate designs through a Equity Emphasis Area (formerly known as Vulnerable Populations) Index.

NoteAs part of an ongoing effort to use asset based language, the Vulnerable Population Index will now be referred to as Equity Analysis Areas, as is reflected in the draft version of Volume III, Chapter 1 of the Howard County Design Manual. 

The Background and Explanation on this Index and the Howard County Complete Policy will be updated soon to reflect that change. The updated map is available here.

Complete Streets and Community Engagement

To learn more about participating in future Howard County transportation project planning, click here.

Complete Streets Design Manual 

Howard County is developing a Complete Streets Design Manual to be completed by October 2021. These initiatives were recommended in both the Howard County General Plan (PlanHoward) and the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan (BikeHoward), and were required by the adoption of CR 35-2016. More information is available on the Complete Streets Design Manual webpage.

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Howard County Complete Streets Implementation Team 

Information for members of the Complete Streets Implementation Team (CSIT) is available here

Community Engagement

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Complete Streets Design Manual

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Complete Streets Implementation Team (CSIT)

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Complete Streets Projects

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