Below is an update from our friends at TART Trails on the ongoing 8th Street Complete Streets efforts currently happening in Traverse City.  Kudos to the local advocates for turning out so many supporters for public comment!  The 8th Street situation is an excellent working example of why Michigan needs a comprehensive Complete Streets policy.  Such a policy would have automatically included ALL roadway users within the initial design of this project.

Over 100 residents gathered at the City Commission meeting on 2/8/10 to voice their opinion on the current 8th Street redesign plans. TART is optimistic that we still have time to work together with the City and MDOT to redesign the 8th Street corridor with a Complete Streets design and not risk losing the Federal Stimulus funding. We’re hoping there is room to encourage flexibility for making a design change that would accommodate bike lanes on the 8th Street project.

Mayor Bzdok and Manager Bifoss will be meeting with MDOT Director Steudle, Senator Allen and Representative Schmidt on February 25 in Lansing to discuss the 8th Street project. Please contact our elected officials before next Thursday and let them know your opinion on the 8th Street project.

Please kindly ask Michigan Representative Wayne Schmidt, Michigan Senator Jason Allen and US Senator Carl Levin if there is anything we can do at this stage to move the 8th Street project forward so it fits in with the City Master Plan and the Grand Vision without losing the Federal dollars.

Thank you for your support on this issue. Together, we are working to make our region a more pedestrian and bike-friendly community.

Missy Luyk – TART Trails, Inc.

More information about this effort may be found on TART’s website .

Recent media on this issue:

http://www.record-eagle.com/local/local_story_037075158.html

http://www.traversetrails.org/blog/action-alert-8th-street-reconstruction-project/

http://www.cherrycapitalcyclingclub.org/

http://www.record-eagle.com/opinion/local_story_042074703.html

http://www.upnorthlive.com/news/story.aspx?id=416424

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