What are Complete Streets? Complete Streets are roadways planned, designed and constructed to accommodate safe access for all users. On these streets, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transit riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets which may include sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes.
The city of Detroit is already starting to build some Complete Streets and you will likely see more in the future.
In addition, many cities around Michigan and the U.S. are adopting Complete Streets policies. These policies mean that when roads are reconstructed, the cities make sure they are designed for all of the legal users whenever it is financially feasible. It costs less to build a street right the first time and it makes it safer for all users.
Why are Complete Streets important? There are many reasons for their importance:
- Increases the physical activity levels and health of residents
- Gives transportation options for those individuals who are unable to drive
- Improves pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Improves the environment so more students can safely walk and bike to school daily.
- Helps build stronger communities
- Increases potential road funding from MDOT.
As for safety, Detroit has the second highest pedestrian fatality rate in the U.S. Complete Streets help reduce these deaths and make Detroit a safer place to walk.
What can I do to help? There are three simple steps you can take to help bring more Complete Streets to Detroit.
Where can I get more information?
- Detroit Health and Wellness Promotion Department
- Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance
- Michigan Complete Streets Coalition
Source: Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance