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Complete Streets

In October 2018, former Mayor Barrett signed Milwaukee’s Complete Streets policy into law.  This policy was unanimously passed by Common Council on October 16, 2018 and was the result of over a year of hard work and close collaboration between the Department of Public Works, the Council, other city departments, and many community partners. 

Complete Streets integrate people and place by making it safe, enjoyable, and convenient to walk, bike, take transit, or simply experience our streets and public spaces – no matter one’s age or ability. There is no singular design for a Complete Street; a quiet residential street may already function well for all people, whereas a busy commercial corridor may require wider sidewalks, curb extensions, and protected bike lanes. A Complete Streets approach integrates people and place into all phases of a project, from planning and design through construction.

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The City's Complete Streets policy was recognized by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition as one of the best in the nation in 2018! Read the report and view a webinar about the policy featuring community partner Caressa Givens of the Wisconsin Bike Fed.

Much of the Complete Streets implementation work done by the City has been supported through the Safe and Healthy Streets grant. Learn more about the work done through this project by clicking the button below.

Safe and Healthy Streets

Annual Report: Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report

The Complete Streets resolution directs the Complete Streets Committee to conduct an annual report. The annual report details changes the City is making to implement the policy, some of which are exemplified through case studies. The report also includes metrics that are external to the City's efforts, documenting the results of planning and creating streets for everyone. The entire report is presented with a health equity lens, which acknowledges the impact streets have on residents' health and the history of disinvestment that has primarily impacted communities of color.


Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report 2022

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Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report 2021

Cover image of the 2021 Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report

Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report 2020

Cover image of the 2020 Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report

Safe and Healthy Streets Surveys Executive Summary Report
Safe and Healthy Streets Surveys Full Report

Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report 2019

Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report 2019

2019 Safe and Healthy Streets Postcard Survey results summary
See pg. 37-38 of Milwaukee Complete Streets Health and Equity Report 2019 for more information on this survey.

Complete Streets Handbook 

The Complete Streets Handbook is the Department of Public Works (DPW’s) guide to deliver streets that are safe, comfortable, and convenient for everyone, no matter who they are, where they’re going, or how they choose to travel. The Handbook is not a design guide, it is a policy manual: it compiles the rules, procedures, and design policies that DPW will use to meet the requirements of the 2018 Complete Streets Policy and 2019 Racial Equity Policy through street design projects, maintenance, operations, and regulation of others working in the public right-of-way.

The Handbook enumerates polices for selecting, designing, and delivering projects and maintaining investments over the long-term to eliminate health disparities and other inequities and make Milwaukee the vibrant city that residents and businesses deserve and that visitors flock to.

The accompanying Milwaukee Complete Streets Workbook works hand-in-hand with the Handbook, walking DPW project mangers through the project development process, ensuring that projects are delivered in a consistent, high-quality manner.  

Complete Streets Handbook  

Complete Streets Workbook 

Complete Streets Committee

The Complete Streets policy also established a Complete Streets committee. The committee is made up of the following individuals or their designees:

  • The commissioner of public works (committee chair)
  • The city engineer
  • The commissioner of city development
  • The commissioner of neighborhood services
  • The department of administration budget and management director
  • The commissioner of the health department
  • The police chief
  • The executive director of the housing authority of the city of Milwaukee
  • The president of Employ Milwaukee
  • The chair of the common council’s public works committee
  • The chair of the common council’s public safety committee
  • The chair of the common council’s zoning, neighborhoods and development committee
  • The chair of the bicycle and pedestrian task force

Meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and supporting materials are posted below. Meeting materials will also be posted to Legistar.

Date and Time Location Agenda Meeting Minutes Supporting Materials
March 15, 2019
1:00 - 2:30 PM
City Hall, 301-A Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes Presentation
August 29, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
City Hall, 303 Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes  Presentation

February 28, 2020
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

City Hall, 303 Meeting Agenda Minute Meetings - DRAFT

City-County Carjacking & Reckless Driving Task Force - Recommendations - DRAFT
What is Vision Zero? - Vision Zero Network
9 Components of a Strong Vision Zero Commitment - Vision Zero Network

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