Complete Streets

Complete Streets

What is a Complete Street?

A complete street is designed to consider the needs of all users, such as people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and abilities. While not every type of use or user may be accommodated on every street, the goal is to build a city with a well-functioning street network that supports and sustains our quality of life.

There is no single way in which to make a street ‘complete’. It depends on many factors including the character and context of each particular street.

Complete Streets Policy

In June 2018, Greater Sudbury became only the 6th municipality in Ontario to officially adopt a Complete Streets Policy. (PDF, 157 KB)

Benefits of Complete Streets

  • Encourage people to walk, bicycle and take transit,
  • Better physical and mental health outcomes for people of all ages,
  • Reduce the chance of injury or death,
  • Support a better balance between motorized travel and other uses,
  • More space for landscaping, which contributes to healthier air, more shade, better stormwater management and makes our city more resilient to the effects of climate change
  • Desirable cities with a high quality of life.

Businesses want to locate and stay where streets are attractive. Residents put down roots where they can walk and bike, or socialize with fellow street users.

Complete Streets Design Guidelines

City of Greater Sudbury residents are invited to join one of two virtual open houses to discuss the draft Complete Streets Design Manual.

Complete streets are streets that are designed to be safe for all users: people who walk, bicycle, take transit or drive, and people of varying ages and levels of mobility. They also consider other uses like sidewalk cafés, street furniture, street trees, utilities, and stormwater management.

The City of Greater Sudbury is developing a Complete Streets Design Manual that will provide a set of consistent guidelines and tools to inform the design, implementation, maintenance and monitoring of Complete Streets across the city. The purpose of this manual is to:

  • Encourage designs that better balance considerations for the different transportation modes that share streets;
  • Focus on enhancing road safety, and;
  • Design streets to address the transportation requirements and placemaking functions of surrounding areas.

A comprehensive background review was conducted of the entire road network for Greater Sudbury. The review looked at the land use and network context as well as the functional road class. As a result of the review, 9 potential cross sections were developed.

Residents and stakeholders are now invited to comment on whether priorities have been appropriately reflected in the nine potential cross-sections and share other designs and suggestions for improvement.

Join us June 27, 2022
12 to 1 p.m.


June 29, 2022
7 to 8 p.m.

More information or to provide your feedback online, visit

Background Information

See previous reports and presentations delivered to the Operations Committee of Greater Sudbury Council on the topic of Complete Streets:


Complete Streets Design Guidelines