Here are a few brief fact sheets highlighting both the necessity and benefits of Complete Streets policies. Easy to print and distribute at events in your community!

General: For far too long, engineers and planners designed roadways with only one user in mind: the vehicle. But now, residents across Michigan are demanding that their streets meet the needs of all roadway users, regardless of age or ability. They recognize that Complete Streets will make their communities safer, healthier and stronger.

Economy: Some argue that given the current economic conditions Michigan communities simply cannot afford to implement Complete Streets policies. But in reality, they cannot afford not to pass such policies. Livable communities are economically viable ones – increasing residential and commercial property values, attracting new development, and encouraging residents to buy locally.

Safety: Incomplete streets – those without necessary sidewalks, bike lanes and crosswalks – endanger pedestrians and bicyclists. Complete Streets legislation will ensure that planners consider the safety needs of pedestrians and bicyclists when designing roadways.

Environment: Studies indicate that more efficient fuels and ‘cleaner’ vehicles will be unable to offset the projected increases in both driving and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet many continue to use the automobile as their primary source of transportation, even to travel short distances. This is in part due to incomplete roadway infrastructure, which makes it dangerous and/or inconvenient to walk, bike or ride public transit. Complete Streets will create communities where residents feel comfortable walking and bicycling, making both themselves and the environment healthier.

Health: It’s well-documented that regular moderate-level exercise can help to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower obesity rates, as well as improve cholesterol levels and boost energy levels. Despite such benefits, over 50% of Michigan adults participate in less than the recommended 150 minutes of physical activity per week. Complete Streets policies help to incorporate physical activity into children and adults’ daily lives, by building communities that encourage residents to bike and walk instead of drive.