GovNews: Evanston Complete Streets Policy Ranked Second in Illinois

ARTICLE | May 15, 2018
City of Evanston, Illinois

The City of Evanston’s Complete and Green Streets policy was ranked second in Illinois and among the best in the nation by Smart Growth America, the nation’s leading developer of locally-driven community solutions. 

Earning 94.4 points out of 100, Evanston achieved the second highest score in the state behind only Calumet City, which had a score of 96.0. Evanston also improved significantly from its most recent Smart Growth America Complete Streets Policy score of 60.8 in 2014.

Complete streets are designed to increase the livability of communities by enabling the safe and convenient movement across all modes of transportation by people of all ages and capabilities, including pedestrians, mobility assistance device users, motor vehicle users, and public transit users. The City of Evanston updated its policy in 2017 to provide an implementation framework and metrics to ensure that complete streets principles are incorporated during planning, design and construction phases for all projects involving rights-of-way and public spaces.

“Evanston is on a mission to create the most livable city for everyone,” said Mayor Stephen Hagerty. “The City’s updated Complete and Green Streets policy paves the way for all community members to safely access Evanston’s excellent transportation networks, visit our beautiful public spaces, and enjoy all our city has to offer.”

Community members can learn more about complete streets and find a comprehensive ranking of community policies in Smarth Growth America's "The Best Complete Streets Initiatives of 2017" report  at

For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311. For convenience, residents may dial 311 directly while in Evanston.

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