Complete Streets

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Photo credit: Complete Streets Prince Ave

Photo credit: Complete Streets Prince Ave

What is a “Complete Street”? 

Complete Streets” are streets that are designed to provide safe and comfortable access for people of all ages, gender, abilities, and modes of travel–including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists (Complete Streets for Canada).

To accommodate all users, Complete Streets often include features such as on-road bike lanes, wider sidewalks, protected crossings, landscaped areas, and traffic calming measures.

There is no one-size-fits-all Complete Street design; what is considered to be a “Complete Street” will vary between communities and wards in the City of Ottawa. Learn more about Ecology Ottawa’s Complete Streets Strategy Report.


Where are we now?

The City of Ottawa adopted the Complete Streets Implementation Framework on October 14, 2015. This important document was amended to include trees as a requirement for consideration in all street projects in Ottawa. We encourage you to contact your councillor and community association with streets that you think should be Complete Streets ensuring the City builds a more livable Ottawa.

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 Will You Take Action?


Please email active.city@ecologyottawa.ca for more information.


Many thanks to the Heart & Stroke Foundation for their generous funding for our Complete Streets Campaign.

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