It’s Michigan’s official Complete Streets policy, and through July 13, you can join other citizens around the state to send a clear message to the state: Adopt a policy that is strong and that moves Michigan forward.
Last week, the Michigan State Transportation Commission, a six-member board that establishes the policy and plans for Michigan’s transportation department, released a draft policy for implementing Complete Streets on state roads. The Complete Streets policy will direct Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) planners to design and maintain roadways that fit within the context of the community and keep all users in mind, including bicyclists, public transit riders, motorists, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
While the state’s effort is a step in the right direction, most bicycle, disability, bus, and pedestrian advocates around the state think the policy could be clearer, more specific, and include firm timelines for implementing Complete Streets procedures.
Without clarity and timelines most feel that the policy could become just another document that sits on a shelf in Lansing.
Michiganders have made it clear. They want safe and convenient transportation choices. And they want better, safer, and more Complete Streets.
Visit Michigan Complete Streets Coalition to learn how get involved in making public comment on the policy.
Please check out the DRAFT Complete Streets policy here and send an email or write to the Michigan State Transportation Commission and tell them how you feel about roads in your local community.
- Here’s the email address: MDOT-State-Transportation-Commission@michigan.gov
- Here’s the mailing address: Michelle Myers, Intermodal Policy Division, Michigan Department of Transportation, 425 W. Ottawa St., Lansing, MI 48909