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Topic: Transportation Policy

Complete Streets coalition seeking community partners

Lansing-based alliance is working to ensure our transportation infrastructure accommodates pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and those with disabilities, in addition to automobiles
The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition is a partnership between the League of Michigan Bicyclists and Michigan Environmental Council. We are actively seeking additional community partners to join our coalition of individuals and organizations working to advocate for statewide Complete Streets policies. Together we can complete Michigan's streets and ensure our transportation infrastructure accommodates all users of all ages and abilities including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and those with disabilities, in addition to automobiles.

The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.

Communities across Michigan are demanding Complete Streets. States, cities and towns across the nation are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone. In addition to national and statewide efforts to implement Complete Streets policies, local communities such as Lansing, Flint and Jackson are actively working to make our roadways safer for all users. Twenty jurisdictions nationwide adopted policies in 2008, and 12 have done so in 2009.

Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.

For more information, contact:
Rory L. Neuner
Michigan Environmental Council

John Lindenmayer
League of Michigan Bicyclists

Complete Streets website: www.micompletestreets.org
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