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Here’s a cool blog post and infographic from good.is on the rising popularity of people powered transportation. With the Michigan House of Representatives scheduled to vote on the Complete Streets legislation, this is particularly timely. Passing the legislation will make it even easier for Michigan citizens to continue to increasingly choose walking and biking over automobiles.

“It’s summer, and you may be seeing more people out on the street walking and biking. But it’s not just because the weather is nice. There are more people walking and biking year round, and the Department of Transportation is responding by dramatically increasing the amount of money spent on projects for pedestrians and cyclists.”

The infographic is derived from the 15-year Status Report, which is the third status update to the National Bicycling and Walking Study, originally published in 1994 as an assessment of bicycling and walking as transportation modes in the United States. The report gives an update on the two main goals of the 1994 study: reducing fatalities and increasing the number of trips made by walking and biking. The good news is that improvements were made in both, but funding for these alternatives to automobiles still accounts for only about 2% of transportation funding, so there’s still some work to do. The report also notes that “one of the fastest-growing efforts to promote bicycling and walking is the adoption of Complete Streets policies.”


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

http://www.mml.org/events/conference/agenda-detailed.html



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