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Lansing, Flint pass measures to encourage smart planning for pedestrians, cyclists

Two Michigan cities recently took concrete steps toward making their towns more pedestrian- and bike-friendly.

On August 10, Lansing’s City Council unanimously approved a Complete Streets and Non-Motorized Plan Ordinance. Not only was this the first Complete Streets ordinance passed in the state of Michigan, it marked the 100th such policy passed across the country. Advocates celebrated at a special ceremony on October 5 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

The new ordinance requires the city to adopt a non-motorized network plan, which directs transportation projects to include accommodations for all users. The plan will be updated on a five-year cycle. The ordinance also bumps up the minimum amount Lansing will spend on non-motorized facilities from 1% of transportation money (as mandated by state law) to 5%. The Lansing State Journal recently ran an editorial in strong support of the ordinance. Walk and Bike Lansing—www.walkbikelansing.com—has more details about the ordinance.

On Monday, September 14, the Flint City Council passed a non-binding resolution in support of adoption of a Complete Streets policy. Advocates worked with the city’s Transportation Department to draft the resolution, which was also supported by the Flint Planning Commission. The resolution affirms the many benefits of Complete Streets and ties them to local needs.
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