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The Complete Streets Advisory Council will meet at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 26, at the Capitol Commons Center, 400 S. Pine St., in Lansing. The meeting is open to the public.

The 18-member council was appointed in accordance with Public Act 135 of 2010. The group’s role, according to law, is to advise the State Transportation Commission, county road commissions and municipalities on Complete Streets policies. The law also requires the State Transportation Commission to enact a Complete Streets policy by August 2012. A “complete street” refers to a roadway that provides appropriate access to all legal users, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and those traveling by assistive devices, such as wheelchairs.

If you need special assistance to attend the meeting, contact Dorothy Thompson at 517-241-4890. The public also can submit comments prior to the meeting via e-mail to CompleteStreetsAC@michigan.gov.

Complete Streets Advisory Council members represent road and transit agencies, state agencies, walking and biking organizations, and environmental, senior citizens and disabled persons groups. More information is available online at: www.michigan.gov/completestreets

Join Trans4M for an exciting day in Lansing meeting with our legislators!

Thursday, February 23, 9am-4pm

Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) members and supporters will meet with legislators to educate them on the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) and other Trans4M priorities.  Legislative background and talking points will be provided.  The agenda includes:

  • 9:00 am – Sign in, welcome briefing and plan for the day
  • 10:00 am – Meetings with House members (pre-scheduled meetings or drop-by visits)
    • Senate will be in session (you can also ask to talk to your Senator off the floor)
  • 12 noon  Lunch with legislators – Lunch provided
  • 1:00 pm – Meetings with Senators (pre-scheduled meetings or drop-by visits)
    • House will be in session (you can ask to talk with your Rep off the floor)
  • 3:00 pm – Brief wrap up meeting and reporting back

Specific locations at the capitol to be announced soon.

Three important things to do before attending:

  1. Make sure to RSVP at www.tinyurl.com/Trans4Mday so we know how many to expect and can coordinate legislative meetings.
    • Make sure to note whether you want to ride on the bus from Southeast Michigan or whether you’d like to carpool.
  1. Work with other advocates from your area to schedule meetings with your legislators for while you’re in Lansing.  (Contact Ruth@DetroitTransit.org for a sample meeting request letter.)
  2. Join us for a preview conference call to learn more about the issues and prepare. This call is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb 21 from 6-7pm at 605-475-4850, code 636655#.

For more information, contact Allie or Tim at 517-487-9539.

Trans4M is a statewide coalition working to make Michigan communities more livable and our economy more robust through transportation policy reform. We envision a connected, convenient system linking more frequent, reliable and affordable passenger rail and public transit, as well as active transportation and complete streets. www.Trans4M.org

The Complete Streets Advisory Council will meet at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, at the Capitol Commons Center, 400 S. Pine St., in Lansing. The meeting is open to the public.

The 18-member council was appointed in accordance with Public Act 135 of 2010. The group’s role, according to law, is to advise the State Transportation Commission, county road commissions and municipalities on Complete Streets policies. The law also requires the State Transportation Commission to enact a Complete Streets policy by August 2012. A “complete street” refers to a roadway that provides appropriate access to all legal users, including motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and those traveling by assistive devices, such as wheelchairs.

If you need special assistance to attend the meeting, contact Dorothy Thompson at 517-241-4890. The public also can submit comments prior to the meeting via e-mail to CompleteStreetsAC@michigan.gov or in writing to:

Michelle Myers,
Departmental Specialist
Intermodal Policy Division
Michigan Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 30050, 425 W. Ottawa
Lansing, Michigan 48909

Complete Streets Advisory Council members represent road and transit agencies, state agencies, walking and biking organizations, and environmental, senior citizens and disabled persons groups. More information is available online at: www.michigan.gov/completestreets

A two-day Odyssey on public transportation will start at Detroit Metropolitan Airport Saturday morning and conclude at a Monday meeting in Traverse City, Michigan: The Logistics Hub of the Midwest from 11:30 to 5:00 at the Grand Traverse Resort.

Along the way, members of the Transportation for Michigan (Trans4M) coalition and others will meet with lawmakers, local officials and citizens interested in improving the reliability and convenience of public transportation throughout Michigan.

“We want to draw attention to the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in Michigan’s statewide passenger train and bus-transit systems,” said Tim Fischer, deputy policy director with the Michigan Environmental Council and a Trans4M member.

“It isn’t that someone can’t use public transportation to get from one end of the state to the other; it’s that it’s extremely difficult.  A simple trip of a few hours becomes a two-day odyssey.  There are too many unnecessary roadblocks placed in the way of streamlined public transit viability,” said Clark Harder, Executive Director of the statewide Michigan Public Transit Association, which represents bus, light rail and water ferry operators in Michigan.

Below is a tentative itinerary.

Saturday, Oct 1:

  • Depart DTW airport at 8:25 am on SMART bus #125 for downtown Detroit
  • Arrive at Larned & Woodward at 9:45 am
  • Depart Larned & Woodward at 10:00 am or 10:11 am on DDOT bus #53 for the Detroit Amtrak Station
  • Arrive at Detroit Amtrak Station by about 10:40 am
  • Depart Detroit Amtrak Station at 11:23 am on Wolverine train #353 for Jackson Train Station
  • Arrive at Jackson Train Station at 1:10 pm
  • Meet with elected officials, others
  • Depart Jackson Baymont Inn and Suites on Michigan Flyer motor coach #8017 at 4:30 pm for East Lansing
  • Arrive in East Lansing at 5:10 pm at the University Place Marriot
  • Meet with elected officials, others

Sunday, Oct. 2:

  • Depart East Lansing at 11:00 am or 11:20 am on CATA bus #1 for Lansing Transit Center
  • Arrive at Lansing Transit Center by 11:40 am
  • Meet with elected officials, others
  • Depart Lansing at 12:30 pm on Greyhound for Kalamazoo
  • Arrive in Kalamazoo at 2:15 pm
  • Meet with officials
  • Depart Kalamazoo at 3:00 pm on Indian Trails motor coach #0082 for Grand Rapids
  • Arrive in Grand Rapids at 4:00 pm
  • Meet with officials
  • Depart Grand Rapids at 4:50 pm on Indian Trails motor coach #0080 for Traverse City
  • Arrive in Traverse City at 8:25 pm

Monday, Oct. 3:

Michigan: The Logistics Hub of the Midwest 10:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Grand Traverse Resort http://www.tcchamber.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=10254

More Transit Odyssey details at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=224812890908475&notif_t=event_photo_change

By Andrea Palmer, AARP-MI

In recent AARP research, nearly 90% of the 45+ population indicated they would like to stay in their community for as long as possible and that it is important for them to remain near their family and friends, and be able to access services they need.

Livable Communities are places where people of all ages and abilities have, among other things, a range of travel choices to get safely where they need and want to go.  These choices – walking, biking, driving and public transportation – help people stay connected and healthy.  In a truly livable community, streets are built for people, not for cars, and downtowns are built for lingering and enjoyment, not for vehicle thru-put and getting commuters home faster after work.

You are invited to join AARP-MI and Dan Burden, Executive Director, Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, for an Active Living Workshop on Tuesday, September 27, 2011 from 8:30am – 2:30pm at Greater Grace Temple Banquet Center, 23500 Seven Mile, Detroit, MI 48219.

The goal of this workshop is to bring community leaders, elected officials and government staff together to engage in making their streets and neighborhoods more walkable and livable. The workshop will also illustrate through examples and audits how walkablility and livability benefit a community and how they can be achieved. Each participant will be inspired to become involved in the movement of active living. The workshop will focus on building healthy communities by applying the principles of active transportation, smart growth and complete streets.

If you would like to register for or learn more about the workshop, please contact Andrea Palmer at apalmer@aarp.org or 1-866-227-7448.  Responses are needed by September 23, 2011.

We hope that you or your representative will participate with AARP in this important community workshop.

Via My Wheel Are Turning (MyWHat)

Connected Community: Complete Streets

Tuesday April 5 • 5:30-8PM at the Traverse City Area District Library


TART, a MyWHaT underwriter, will be convening a community conversation about Complete Streets on April 5th. The event is intended as an introduction and discussion of Complete Streets and how the policy is a starting point to a more connected community. This author will facilitate an introductory discussion of the concept and current legislation. In addition to myself, Nancy Krupiarz, the Executive Director of the Michigan Trails and Greenway Alliance, will connect how other communities are coming together, creating complete streets, and how these statewide actions are interconnected.

32 Michigan communities now support street construction with designs that are inclusive to all users with resolutions or ordinances. Michigan actually leads the country in local governments passing specific Complete Street policies.

This is a participatory session with plenty of time for questions, input and connecting with other people in the community who want to build a better community. We have a lot of grand assets in our favor and complete streets is just one of the pieces needed to continue to harness that potential. We trust that participants will go away with a better understanding of what they can do to build a more connected community.

A follow-up meeting is anticipated.

See you Tuesday April 5th at 5:30PM at the Traverse Area District Main Library.

If you’re interested in more information, send a message below or call the TART Trails office at (231) 941-4300.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9
9:30 – 11:30 am
Holland City Hall,
270 River Avenue, Holland

Please join a lively presentation and discussion concerning how we can make Downtown Holland more welcoming to bicycle riders of all ages and levels of expertise and how the bicycle can become the travel mode of choice for more folks coming Downtown and the interface with other ways of moving about.

Leading our discussion will be Dan Burden, Director of Walkable and Livable Communities, Port Townsend, WA.  This discussion is being sponsored by the Holland Downtown Development Authority and the City’s Department of Community and Neighborhood Services.  Questions can be directed to Phil Meyer, Department Director, at 616-355-1363 or p.meyer@cityofholland.com.

Dan Burden is an internationally recognized authority on bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs, livability, sustainability and Smart Growth. He brings together many disciplines and issues – street design, traffic calming, living streets, public safety, bicycling, and greenways – into a holistic vision for creating healthy, livable, sustainable and prosperous communities. Mr. Burden is founder and Executive Director of Walkable and Livable Communities, Inc.  He has worked in over 2,700 cities and towns across the country, including the City of Holland.

 

Thursday, May 20, 2010
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saugatuck Brewery
2948 Blue Star Hwy.
Douglas, MI 49406

Disability Network/Lakeshore is hosting a series of events surrounding the theme of Livable Communities.

A panel will provide an overview of Complete Streets and help you understand how Complete Streets can make your community livable, vibrant and welcoming to all individuals. ASK THE EXPERTS!

Join us in celebrating the… 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Contact Kathryn Gillen at kathryn@dnlakeshore.org with questions.

http://www.dnlakeshore.org



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