A complete street is "a road that is designed to be safe for drivers, cyclists, transit vehicles and users and pedestrians of all ages and abilities" (National Complete Streets Coalition, 2011). Policies exist whereby the design of the transportation network must move towards the implementation of associated complete streets policies in the construction of new roads or in the maintenance and upgrade of existing roads. The Complete Streets project is a Geospatial Niagara sponsored undertaking through the Niagara College Geographic Information Systems/Geospatial Management program. Borrowing the Niagara Region's complete streets typologies, the project applied the analysis to Welland/Fourth Avenue in St. Catharines.
Being able to map the completeness of streets allows a municipality or a region to target resources more effectively when undertaking construction or reconstruction of their transportation networks. This made in Niagara solution to determining the completeness of streets is ground-breaking work with research continuing.
Data sets used for this project from Niagara Open data included the Road Network, address points, urban boundary, zoning, trees.