Complete Streets Awards

Get your community's project recognized as one of the best in Chicagoland 

Many towns in our region are already realizing the economic, health, and environmental benefits of Complete Streets — roadways that are safe and comfortable for all people, whether they walk, bike, take transit or drive.

The Active Transportation Alliance wants to honor the public officials and transportation professionals who are working to create Complete Streets in their communities.

We are seeking nominations for finished Complete Streets projects for recognition as among our region’s most exemplary.

Nominate a Complete Street in your community. The nomination form is easy to fill out and can be completed in just a few minutes. 

What types of projects should be nominated for this award? 
Here are characteristics of an exemplary Complete Street:

  • The project is a finished roadway project.
  • The project demonstrates the core Complete Streets principal of enabling safe access for all users, whether those people are walking, biking, using transit or driving a car, including older people, children and people with disabilities.
  • The project resulted from a deliberate Complete Streets planning and design process. Common characteristics of such a process include: It considered factors such as community input, right-of-way priorities, land use coordination, and funding; it took place under the auspices of a formally adopted Complete Streets policy, such as an ordinance, resolution, design guideline, or an active transportation or multi-modal plan; it required cooperation between multiple agencies and/or jurisdictions.

Who should make nominations?
Anyone may nominate a project. We especially encourage nominations from planners, engineers, city administrators and public officials who were involved in the design and construction of the Complete Streets project.

What is the deadline for nominations?
Friday, October 11, 2013.

What happens after I fill out the nomination form?
Active Trans' staff will evaluate the nominations to identify projects that qualify as one of Chicagoland’s exemplary Complete Streets as described above. If we need more information, we may contact you or another member of your community with knowledge of the project you nominate.

What happens if the project I nominate is selected for a Complete Streets award?
Selected projects will be featured in upcoming Active Trans publications and publicized across the region. Nominators and/or individuals representing the selected project will be formally recognized at Active Trans' awards event.

What are the goals of this project?
Our aim with this project is to:

  • Provide well-deserved recognition to individuals and communities for hard work that realized a finished complete streets projects.
  • Give a boost to the Complete Streets movement by educating news reporters, public officials and the general public about Complete Streets’ many benefits.

Active Trans has for worked for years to foster and encourage the Complete Streets movement. We literally "wrote the book" on Complete Streets with a manual that won the Best Practice award from the Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association. The manual is called Complete Streets Complete Networks: A Manual for the Design of Active Transportation.

Active Trans has worked with dozens of communities and jurisdictions, including the City of Chicago, Cook County, the Northeast Indiana Regional Planning Commission, and suburban communities around the region to adopt and implement Complete Streets policies.

This award will celebrate some of the ultimate products of that work: the finished Complete Streets that now dot our region and are enjoyed daily by local users of all types.

Where can I learn more about Complete Streets?
This factsheet is a good place to start (PDF). 

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