Here are a few talking points to keep in mind when you contact your Legislators. Be sure to also check out our Resources page for more information and fact sheets.

–         Complete Streets legislation is not an ‘unfunded mandate’

  • It does not require additional funds to be allocated to sidewalks or bike lanes – only that planners consider the needs of all users, not just motorists
  • The Legislative Analysis done by the House Fiscal Agency states that “to the extent that Complete Streets planning requirements can be incorporated into current planning processes, the additional costs may be marginal and potentially minimal”

–         Complete Streets increases residential and commercial property values, and encourages economic development

  • Expands local businesses’ potential customer base by making their shops accessible to all users, especially those that are older or disabled
  • Encourages local residents to purchase goods within their own neighborhoods 

–         Complete Streets helps retain younger adults, boost tourism and attract new residents

–         Passing Complete Streets legislation will align Michigan with federal priorities, helping Michigan become more competitive for federal funding and grants

  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood signed a “Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation” policy statement in March 2010, where he stated that bicycle and pedestrian travel deserve greater attention in transportation planning