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Complete Streets Ordinance

This Ordinance requires streets that are designed and built to efficiently serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and motorists.

Why This Project Matters

This project is important because it will make streets safer for all modes of transportation.

Learn More About this Project

Project Contacts

Shanna Schultz
[email protected]


2019 Update

In 2019, City Councilor Isaac Benton initiated an update to the City’s Complete Streets Ordinance (2015). This update sought to establish equity measures in the way the City thinks about street design and project prioritization. Additionally, it strengthens the existing language about project applicability and reinforces the language regarding exemptions from the ordinance. The draft was approved by the City Council in August of 2019.

Read the final version of the ordinance here.

caption:Ariel view of a complete street in NC


What are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets are created to efficiently serve all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and motorists.  They utilize best practice standards that have been successfully employed in other cities around the country.

Where feasible, Complete Streets incorporate features such as:

  • wider sidewalks
  • street trees
  • on-street parking
  • bicycle lanes
  • protected mid-block crossings
  • traffic calming techniques

Complete Streets techniques help high traffic areas be more inclusive of all forms of urban transportation, reducing congestion while making streets safer.

Documents & Downloads

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Adopted Legislation Legislation as adopted at Council Meeting on 1/21/2015

The American Institute of Architects

Downtown Albuquerque Millennial Project

New Mexico Healthier Weight Council

American Planning Association

Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce

American Society of Landscape Architects

New Mexico Complete Streets Leadership Team

The Council Office received various letters of support for Councilor Benton's Complete Streets Legislation (2015).
Informational Packet 11/10/14 - Summary packet with project background
PowerPoint Presentation 11/05/14 - Presentation made during public meeting

How Will the Ordinance Work?

The Complete Streets ordinance establishes a new city-wide goal to expand safe use of our streets by requiring equal consideration of the efficiency and safety of all types of travel. The ordinance will also adopt nationally-recognized standards for streets to serve existing and future development with appropriate infrastructure that encourages walkability and inviting public spaces.

Simple, Cost-Effective Solutions

The Complete Streets approach will provide some simple solutions for two typical situations:

  • Major Reconstruction or Construction of New Streets – The City will consider all users when designing new roads or major rehabilitation projects, and will design infrastructure appropriate to those users and the surrounding development.
  • Minor Maintenance, Resurfacing, or Rehabilitation Projects – The City will identify how Complete Streets approaches can be incorporated into more modest existing projects.  Sometimes this may be as simple as changing the way a road is striped. It would also include closing unused curb cuts and narrowing overly-wide traffic lanes to provide right-of-way for sidewalks, bicycle lanes, on-street parking, or pedestrian buffers.

What will this do for Albuquerque?

  • Increase options for safe, comfortable travel to your favorite neighborhood destinations.
  • Increased focus on serving both our residents and those who use our streets while still providing for safe and efficient travel.
  • Improve community health by reducing risk of injuries and encouraging walking and bicycling to help combat obesity and heart disease.
  • Increase livability by creating more attractive public areas.  This will create public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness, and well-being. It will also foster private investment.
  • Create inviting streets that encourage alternative modes of travel. This will help ease congestion and air pollution.
  • Contribute to economic development, growth and stability by encouraging private investment and redevelopment in the areas where the Complete Streets approach is being used.

Learn More:

The Complete Streets Coalition website provides a comprehensive overview of the purpose, best practices, and outcomes of the Complete Streets approach.