LANSING COMPLETE STREETS ORDINANCE

ADOPTED AUGUST 2009

(Learn more about the Lansing Complete Streets Ordinance here)

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LANSING, MICHIGAN, TO ADD SECTION 1020.13 OF THE LANSING CODIFIED ORDINANCES TO ENCOURAGE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A NON-MOTORIZED NETWORK PLAN TO PROVIDE WALKABLE-BIKEABLE COMPLETE STREETS THAT ACCOMMODATE BICYCLISTS, PEDESTRIANS, PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION PASSENGERS, AND USERS OF ALL ABILITIES.

WHEREAS, the Complete Streets guiding principle is to promote a safe network of access for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities; and

WHEREAS, the promotion of capital improvements that are planned, designed, and constructed to encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use increases the general safety and welfare for all of Lansing’s citizens; and

WHEREAS, as a matter of policy, City Officers should integrate and implement the Complete Streets guiding principle;

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY OF LANSING ORDAINS:

Section 1.  That Chapter 1020, Section 13, of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Lansing, Michigan, be and is hereby added to read as follows:

1020.13.  WALKABLE-BIKEABLE COMPLETE STREETS.

(a)               “COMPLETE STREETS” IS DEFINED AS A DESIGN PRINICIPLE TO PROMOTE A SAFE NETWORK OF ACCESS FOR PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLISTS, MOTORISTS, AND TRANSIT RIDERS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES.

(b)               IT IS THE POLICY OF THE CITY TO ENCOURAGE COMPLETE STREETS, AND IN FURTHERANCE OF THAT POLICY:

(1)            THERE SHALL BE A NON-MOTORIZED NETWORK PLAN APPROVED BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT, IN CONSULTATION WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DIVISION.

(2)            THE NON-MOTORIZED NETWORK PLAN SHALL INCLUDE, AT A MINIMUM, ACCOMMODATIONS FOR ACCESSIBILITY, SIDEWALKS, CURB RAMPS AND CUTS, TRAILS AND PATHWAYS, SIGNAGE, AND BIKE LANES, AND SHALL INCORPORATE PRINCIPLES OF COMPLETE STREETS AND MAXIMIZE WALKABLE AND BIKEABLE STREETS WITHIN THE CITY.

(3)            TO THE EXTENT FINANCIALLY FEASIBLE, FUTURE CONSTRUCTION OR RE-CONSTRUCTION OF CITY RIGHTS-OF-WAY OR ANY PARTS THEREOF SHALL BE IN CONFORMITY WITH THE NON-MOTORIZED NETWORK PLAN.

(4)            IT SHALL BE A GOAL OF THE CITY TO FUND ADEQUATELY THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NON-MOTORIZED NETWORK PLAN, WHICH SHALL INCLUDE TARGETING AT LEAST FIVE PERCENT OF STATE ACT 51 FUNDS RECEIVED BY THE CITY ANNUALLY IN FURTHERANCE OF THE PLAN’S IMPLEMENTATION.

(5)            THE NON-MOTORIZED NETWORK PLAN SHALL BE UPDATED, AT A MINIMUM, EVERY 5 YEARS FROM THE DATE OF ITS INITIAL ADOPTION BY THE PUBLIC SERVICE DEPARTMENT.

Section 2.  All ordinances, resolutions or rules, parts of ordinances, resolutions or rules inconsistent with the provisions hereof are hereby repealed.

Section 3.  Should any section, clause or phrase of this ordinance be declared to be invalid, the same shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole, or any part thereof other than the part so declared to be invalid.

Section 4.  This ordinance shall take effect on the 30th day after enactment, unless given immediate effect by City Council.