The Michigan Legislature passed the Complete Streets transportation legislation yesterday. Governor Granholm is expected to sign the bill into law soon.
The legislation is designed to make transportation engineers and city planners think about the needs of users of roadways other than motorists – mainly bicyclists and walkers. If any of you have had the misfortune of riding your bike in the street and having rude motorists hog the roadway or honk at you in anger you know where this legislation is aimed.
We generally support this new design effort. But what will it mean to cities, counties and townships? Will the costs of acquiring new ROW access for sidewalks or bike paths, and their related constructon costs, be worth the effort to encourage residents to ditch their cars?
If Michigan’s transportation engineers and city planners are serious in their efforts to promote a healthier lifestyle through walking and bicycle riding, there needs to be safe non-motorized pathways for people to use.
But, we ask, at what cost?
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