Neighborhood Complete Streets Program
The Neighborhood Complete Streets (NCS) program was established by the Arlington County Board in January 2016 to address safety and access problems on local (non-arterial) streets through physical improvement projects. The program is intended to complement the work of the Complete Streets Program on noncommercial arterial streets and the Neighborhood Conservation Program.
The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission was chartered to advise the County Board on this program and make recommendations for projects to fund. This group of volunteer residents are appointed by the Board to three-year terms and attend regular monthly meetings to further the work of the NCS program.
The County's 2016 and 2018 Capital Improvement Plans dedicated funding for improvements through the Neighborhood Complete Streets Program.
What are Complete Streets?
Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to allow safe and comfortable use by all users. People walking, biking, riding transit and driving are all accommodated in the available infrastructure, and the street design is compatible with the surrounding land uses.
Arlington’s Master Transportation Plan established the development of a countywide network of Complete Streets as one of its primary goals - but not all streets in Arlington are currently designed for all users, so there is ongoing work to implement this long-held vision for the County.
What can we do to improve Arlington’s neighborhood streets to make them safer or more “complete”?
Sidewalks free and clear of obstructions, streetlights, ADA-accessible curb ramps, safe space for bikes and appropriate street widths – these are all elements of a complete street. How a street is improved to increase the safety and comfort of underserved users depends on the street.
The Measures for Residential Streets provides information on options that might be considered in the design and implementation of individual projects.
NCS List of Nominated Streets
In 2017, the NCS Program asked residents, workers and visitors to share their ideas of which streets should be selected for improvement. Arlington did not disappoint!
Learn more about the nominations and the potential project list.
The Neighborhood Complete Streets Commission has selected 6 pilot projects to work on while awaiting collection of traffic data needed to evaluate the nominated street locations. Additionally, the Commission, in coordination with County Staff, plans to select the first official NCS projects in late summer/early fall 2019.
The Neighborhood Complete Streets program replaced the County’s Neighborhood Traffic Calming program, after a broad engagement process and input and approval by the County Board. The focus of the NCS program is to reconsider streets as public spaces for all people. Learn more