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State Representatives Jon Switalski & Pam Byrnes Receive Governor’s Council Achievement Award for Public Officials

State Representatives Jon Switalski and Pam Byrnes were honored at the Governor’s Fitness Awards as champions of physical activity on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Lansing Radisson. Both Representatives received the Governor’s Council Achievement Award for Public Officials. This award is presented to public officials who demonstrate commitment to policies that support physical education, […]

Michigan Becomes 14th State* to Adopt Complete Streets Legislation

Both Complete Streets bills (HB 6151 and HB 6152) were presented to Governor Granholm last Thursday afternoon. Late Sunday, she signed them both into law. They were sent to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday, August 2 as Public Acts 134 and 135 of 2010. Congratulations to everyone who helped make this possible! Of […]

Senate Approves Complete Streets Legislation

Legislation Headed to Governor’s Desk In a move that will make transportation more accessible to all residents, the House and Senate today passed Complete Streets legislation (HB 6151 & HB 6152) sponsored by State Representatives Pam Byrnes (D-Lyndon Township) and Jon Switalski (D-Warren) to ensure that future transportation plans statewide take into consideration the needs […]

Complete Streets Success!

The House Transportation Committee voted unanimously to pass  HB 6151 and HB 6152 out of committee, with recommendations. This is a big success for Complete Streets, and the Coalition would like to thank all of the stakeholders who worked hard to negotiate a bill that was eventually able to garner such strong support. We would […]

Strong Support for Complete Streets at Second Committe Hearing

The second House Transportation Committee hearing on Complete Streets legislation,  HB 6151 and 6152, saw the room once again packed with supporters of the policies. The legislation – which seeks to move Michigan away from auto-centric road designs and meet the needs of all roadway users – has attracted strong support from a broad range of advocates. […]

House Transportation Committee Takes Testimony on Complete Streets Bills

It was standing room only yesterday as the House Transportation Committee took testimony on HB 6151 and 6152, Complete Streets legislation introduced by Representatives Jon Switalski and Pam Byrnes.  The legislation would ensure that future road projects throughout Michigan would be required to provide safe accommodations for all roadway users such as bicyclists, pedestrians and […]

Complete Streets Legislation Introduced in Michigan House

The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition is excited to announce that a package of Complete Streets bills (HB 6151 & HB 6152) were introduced last night in the Michigan House.   Both bills were referred to the Transportation Committee. HB 6151, states that “the Department [MDOT], local road agencies, and municipalities that receive appropriations under this act [Act […]

MML Features Complete Streets at Capitol Conference

A packed room of 100+ engineers, planners and politicians attended the Complete Streets workshop at the Michigan Municipal League’s 2010 Capitol Conference held April 13 -14, 2010 in Lansing. The panel included John Switalski (D – Warren) who spoke on pending statewide Complete Streets legislation that he plans to introduce this spring.  Nationally recognized walkability […]

Another Victory for Michigan Complete Streets

The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition is pleased to report that today the MDOT budget passed out the House Transportation Subcommittee on Appropriations.  The budget passed on a 5 to 3 vote and includes notable boilerplate complete streets language including a provision that the department shall give preference to enhancement grant applicants that have adopted complete […]

Michigan Complete Streets Resolution Introduced

Today State Representative Jon Switalski introduced House Resolution 187 to express support for active transportation infrastructure options that promote walking and bicycle usage and reduce childhood obesity.  Representative Pam Byrnes also introduced a companion House Concurrent Resolution, HCR 034. Dubbed the “Complete Streets Resolution”, this piece is the work of a Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan […]