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The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition recently launched a statewide collaborative photo project to document the current conditions of Michigan roads focusing on “complete” and “incomplete” streets.

While the photo project is a statewide effort (currently we have images from Grand Rapids, Flint, Traverse City and Detroit), a pilot website has been launched that  specifically highlights Lansing.   The goal is to help document the good, bad and ugly of Lansing roadways in order to motivate City Council to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance.

You can visit the new site at:
www.LMB.org/LansingCompleteStreets.html


Recently over 4,500 Lansing registered voters signed a Complete Streets petition, making it the first citizen-driven ballot initiative in the City since 1990. The petition will be presented to City Council on August 10th, 2009 where they will have the opportunity to either adopt the ordinance or put it on the November ballot where citizens can directly vote on it.

The new website is powered using Flickr.com, a popular photo sharing site and uses Tags, or keywords, to pull up images in different categories such as “Bike Lanes,” “Bus Shelters,” “Curb Cuts,” etc.  While we are still working on refining the categories and adding descriptions and titles to all the images, we are pleased to announce the Beta version of the site.


We are actively seeking people to document more of Lansing roads, as well as other communities across Michigan.  If you are interested in helping to take photos, or if you have comments or suggestions, please contact John Lindenmayer at the League of Michigan Bicyclists.

Steps and a non ADA compliant curb cut in Flint, Michigan make this sidewalk impossible to use by anyone requiring a mobility device.  Photo by Barbara McCann

Steps and a non ADA compliant curb cut in Flint, Michigan make this sidewalk impossible to use by anyone requiring a mobility device. Photo by Barbara McCann

Please join the Michigan Complete Streets Flickr group and upload your photos and videos of both complete and incomplete streets throughout Michigan.

You are encouraged to add comments that explain the good, bad and ugly of Michigan roadways. Please identify the locations of the photos as specifically as possible in your comments and add geotags to your images so the group can view images on a GIS-based map. (for help see: www.flickr.com/help/screencasts/vol1/)

This site will serve as a database of information to be used in local, statewide and national policy efforts to complete our streets to make them safe for all users.

So next time you are out and about, make sure to grab your camera to help build up our Complete Streets database.

Also make sure to check out other great examples of complete and incomplete streets throughout the country at the National Complete Streets Flickr site: www.flickr.com/photos/completestreets/



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