Governor Granholm signed the Complete Streets bills into law on August 1, 2010. The object of Complete Streets is to make roads accessible to all legal users—autos, bicycles, and pedestrians. The concept applies to road projects where all types of roadway users are considered during the planning and design phases to determine if any relevant accommodations are necessary or appropriate. This is a national movement, with numerous states, local governments, and even U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood espousing these ideals for federal transportation projects.Complete Streets complement the League’s Prosperity Agenda and the Physical Design/Walkability core asset identified by the League’s Center for 21st Century Communities.
The new legislation does not mandate any local road agency to adopt a Complete Streets policy or spend any additional dollars for non-motorized facilities. While adoption of a Complete Streets policy is purely optional for local governments, the changes in the law have the potential to benefit every community.