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Last week’s National Bicycle Summit brought 13 Michigan cycling advocates to Washington DC. to lobby for congressional support complete streets. The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition (MCSC) was well represented in the Michigan Delegation with representatives from the League of Michigan Bicyclists, American Cycle & Fitness, Wheelhouse Detroit, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance and PEAC. The Michigan delegation did an amazing job advocating for complete streets during our visits with Senators Levin and Stabenow and all 15 Michigan Representatives.The MCSC would like to also thank all the Michigan advocates who participated in LMB’s Virtual Lobby Day, supporting our face to face meetings with phone calls from back home.
The Michigan Municipal League will hold a workshop on the Michigan Complete Streets movement as part of their 2010 Capitol Conference on April 13 – 14 in Lansing. Additionally, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will discuss funding incentives for communities that are collaborating together on multi-modal transportation plans. See workshop descriptions and a link for more details below.
Let’s Talk Transportation
With a new federal transportation funding bill being debated in Washington, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been invited to open this Capital Conference with a timely and informative presentation. LaHood has made clear his desire to provide additional funding incentives to those communities that are collaborating together on multi-modal transportation plans. The establishment of the “Sustainable Communities Partnership” between USDOT, HUD and EPA represents a significant shift among federal agencies as to how transportation works in concert with land use, housing, community development and the environment. Come listen as to how this shift in policy will impact communities and transportation funding into the future.
This session will focus on Michigan’s Complete Streets movement and project planning that incorporates all forms of transportation as a way to build a desirable community. It will answer the key question: How can we build new roads that positively impact motorists, bicyclists, transit systems, walkers, seniors and the handicapped without breaking the bank? It’s not impossible, learn how from initiative advocates and other communities that have already adopted this approach.
You Complete My Streets