Since the Michigan Legislature, with the League's support, adopted Complete Streets legislation in 2010, there has been a flurry of activity in communities across the state to take advantage of this approach to transportation and economic development. Nearly 40 local governments have adopted policies and that number keeps growing. Now Michigan's Complete Streets efforts have started receiving national recognition. The League of Michigan Bicyclists was recognized as "Winning Campaign of the Year" by the Alliance for Biking and Walking for its Complete Streets leadership. Last week, the National Complete Streets Coalition released a report analyzing and ranking Complete Streets policies in state and local governments across the country. Michigan's state policy ranks in the top five nationally. Three Michigan cities, Dexter, Ferndale and Taylor, rank in the top 10 for their ordinances. Congratulations to those communities and to all of our partners in the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition.
For more information about Complete Streets and sample ordinance language, visit the League's Complete Streets resource page.
Luke Forrest is Project Coordinator for the Center for 21st Century Communities. Contact him at email@example.com or 734-669-6323.