As part of Michigan's Complete Streets Act passed in 2010 (Public Act 135 of 2010), a "Complete Streets Advisory Council" was created to advise the state transportation commission on a overall policy. That work has been completed and comments are being accepted by the State Transportation Commission on the draft policy through this Friday, July 13.
Recall that a complete streets policy is meant to promote safe travel for all users including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users and those with disabilities to easily and safely use roads in their communities. More than 70 communities in Michigan have taken some type of action to favoring Complete Streets.
The MML was a strong supporter of the legislation that was passed and signed into law and believes that creating streets and roads in downtowns and neighborhoods that are meant for all users helps to create a vibrant community.
Anyone has the opportunity to comment on the proposed policy through July 13th. At least one organization, The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition, is encouraging people to contact the commission and ask for a stronger policy.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail