State Legislature encourages vibrant cities with passage of Complete Streets measure today
The new policy requires
the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to consider non-motorized
travel when building or rebuilding street infrastructure. The goals are increased
safety; more desirable, livable, family-friendly communities; a healthier
lifestyle; and an incentive for young professionals to locate in
“This is an important step toward creating places where
people want to live, work and play rather than just speed through in a
vehicle,” said Michigan Environmental Council Deputy Policy Director
Complete Streets will maximize tools like sidewalks, bike lanes, curb cuts and connectivity to public transit lines and local businesses to safely engage pedestrians, cyclists and disabled persons as well as motorists. The result is stimulation of central business district economies, less pollution from vehicles, healthier lifestyles and safer streets.
Specifically, it requires MDOT to develop a Complete Streets policy, and to coordinate with local governments with Complete Streets policies when rebuilding state roads that pass through their jurisdictions.
“It is exciting and encouraging seeing
Hugh McDiarmid Jr., 248-660-4300