Michigan on the road to Complete Streets; passes House, on to Senate

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Two important bills to implement "Complete Streets" for bikers and other non-motorized transportation in Michigan have passed the House and are on on the Senate. 

House Bills 6151 and 6152 passed the House on Tuesday, 85-21 and 84-22, respectively. Thanks to those who supported this legislation.

The bills were introduced by Reps. Pam Byrnes, D-Lyndon Township, and Jon Switalski, D-Warren. The initiatives would require the Michigan Department of Transportation and local road agencies to adopt Complete Streets polices. They also would require consideration of utilities and transportation as part of a master plan adopted or amended by cities, villages, townships, or counties.  

Michigan would join 13 other states in passing Complete Streets legislation. "Such legislation, by creating safer, healthier and more livable communities, will make Michigan a place where people want to settle," according to representatives from the National Complete Streets Coalition.

"It will attract both tourists and new residents. It will boost the economy and spur economic revitalization. It will help Michigan regain its rightful place as a leader in transportation — all modes of transportation."

As we said earlier this month when the bills were still in committee, this is about promoting healthy lifestyles, reducing childhood obesity and cutting our use of polluting fossil fuels --- all issues that the Michigan League of Conservation Voters has pushed for years in Lansing. 

--- Image via m-bike.org.