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The Michigan Municipal League will hold a workshop on the Michigan Complete Streets movement as part of their 2010 Capitol Conference on April 13 – 14 in Lansing.  Additionally, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss funding incentives for communities that are collaborating together on multi-modal transportation plans.  See workshop descriptions and a link for more details below.

Let’s Talk Transportation
With a new federal transportation funding bill being debated in Washington, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been invited to open this Capital Conference with a timely and informative presentation. LaHood has made clear his desire to provide additional funding incentives to those communities that are collaborating together on multi-modal transportation plans.   The establishment of the “Sustainable Communities Partnership” between USDOT, HUD and EPA represents a significant shift among federal agencies as to how transportation works in concert with land use, housing, community development and the environment.  Come listen as to how this shift in policy will impact communities and transportation funding into the future.
This session will focus on Michigan’s Complete Streets movement and project planning that incorporates all forms of transportation as a way to build a desirable community.  It will answer the key question: How can we build new roads that positively impact motorists, bicyclists, transit systems, walkers, seniors and the handicapped without breaking the bank? It’s not impossible, learn how from initiative advocates and other communities that have already adopted this approach.

You Complete My Streets

Dan Burden, an international expert on walkability, will lead a workshop on how physical design and walkability are at the core of creating and sustaining 21st century communities. See firsthand why Time Magazine listed him as one of the six most important Civic Innovators in the World. Participants will walk away with an expanded tool kit to draw from to build healthier neighborhoods and more complete streets through progressive physical design, improved connectivity and better traffic controls. Participants will better understand the impact of transportation and land use patterns on a local community in terms of safety and quality of life, including the effect of physical design on local economies. As part of this session, attendees will set visionary yet achievable goals and identify practical, high-impact changes that can be implemented within their community. Read the rest of this entry »

Information and Findings from the Alliance for Walking & Biking

Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2010 Benchmarking Report is an essential resource and tool for government officials, advocates, and those working to promote bicycling and walking. The Benchmarking Project is an on-going effort to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities. This second biennial report reveals data including: bicycling and walking levels and demographics; bicycle and pedestrian safety; bicycle and pedestrian policies and provisions; funding for bicycle and pedestrian projects; bicycle and pedestrian staffing levels; written policies on bicycling and walking; bicycle infrastructure including bike lanes, paths, signed bike routes, and bicycle parking; bike-transit integration including presence of bike racks on buses, bike parking at transit stops; bicycling and walking education and encouragement activities; and public health indicators including levels of obesity, physical activity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The report is full of data tables and graphs so you can see how your state or city stacks up. Inside you will find unprecedented statistics to help support your case for increasing safe bicycling and walking in your community. Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2010 Benchmarking Report was funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and made possible through the additional support of Bikes Belong and Planet Bike.

Learn More / Download the Report

Action alert!

Your input is critical at this time, especially if you live within the Traverse City city limits! The Traverse City Commission is having a study session on Monday February 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the Governmental Center (400 Boardman Ave) to discuss current plans to rebuild 8th Street between Garfield and Barlow. The current plan as designed does not accommodate safe provisions for bicycles.

The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition and our local ally TART believe strongly that now is the time to redesign the 8th Street corridor with the Complete Street concept in mind, which means streets are designed to have room for all users (autos, bus, bike and pedestrian). There may be an opportunity to change the roadway to incorporate dedicated bike lanes along the corridor.

If we do not ask for bike lanes to be added at this time, we could be missing an opportunity to make Traverse City an even more Bicycle Friendly Community. It could be many decades before 8th Street is completely reconstructed again. Please attend the meeting or contact the City Commissioners directly by phone or email. You may find their contact information here.

We hope you will heed this call to action!

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