“Complete Streets” is a phrase to conjure with. The idea that streets are places that should serve many users (and not just car and truck traffic level-of-service) is enormously popular. And, indeed, Delaware has an official policy that is called “Complete Streets”. In reality, however, Delaware’s actual policy is more accurately described as a “routine accommodation” policy for pedestrians and bicyclists on roads. But even though it’s only “routine accommodation”, that’s still better than nothing, right?
Yes. It is better than nothing. But it’s also symptomatic of our larger inability in the U.S. to understand the fundamental difference between a road and a street. And it leads to really absurd situations: