Complete Streets Ordinance
What is it?
Adopted in 2010, Salt Lake City’s Complete Streets Ordinance requires the City’s streets to be designed, operated, and maintained for all modes of traffic, including people walking, biking, and for travelers of all ages and abilities. New and reconstructed streets are designed using national guidance and manuals, which take into account considerations such as the speed and volume of traffic. The City also seeks to implement a Complete Streets approach with other types of resurfacing projects when feasible.
A common misconception of the City’s Complete Streets Ordinance (and complete streets in general) is that it requires bike lanes to be included in every street the City builds or reconstructs. This misconception is one-sided as it ignores pedestrians and transit users. Many streets are reconstructed in the City each year without bike lanes. Instead of being an absolute mandate, the purpose of the Ordinance is to remind planners and engineers that the accommodation of pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and motorists is to be considered throughout the planning process and implemented as fully as possible given the specific project conditions and constraints.
Learn more by checking out the Complete Streets infographic as well as the full Complete Streets Ordinance below.
Download a PDF version of the full Ordinance: Complete Streets Ordinance
Executive Order by Mayor Rocky Anderson, 2007.
Ordinance passed by Salt Lake City Council and signed by Mayor Ralph Becker, 2010.