What would inspire you to walk, ride a bicycle, or take public transportation more often? Protected bike lanes? Wider sidewalks? Clearly marked crosswalks? Convenient and accessible transit stops?

The National Complete Streets Coalition would like to see these features and more on every new road being constructed in the U.S. Working to change the way that roads are planned, designed and built, the organization advocates for safe and accessible streets for all users, regardless of age, ability or method of transport. A design approach and transportation policy, Complete Streets allow for safe travel by pedestrians, cyclists, public transit users, and car drivers.

Recently, the case for making Complete Streets a nationwide standard was introduced to lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Co-sponsored by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), the bill, titled The Safe Streets Act of 2013, would, “require each state to implement a Complete Streets policy within two years that ensures all new federally-funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users.”

Of the bill, Congressman Joyce said, “I’m pleased to be part of the bipartisan effort to make our roadways safer, particularly for seniors and children. It’s important we take steps to improve safety in our communities and this bill is a step in the right direction.”

Congresswoman Matsui challenged Congress to action during a briefing saying, “It is far past time for the federal government to step and show it too is committed to improving the safety of our communities.”

The following video answers the question: What are Complete Streets?


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