Complete streets are roadways planned, designed and constructed to accommodate safe access for all users. On these streets, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and public transit riders of all ages and abilities are able to safely move along and across streets which may include sidewalks, crosswalks, and bike lanes.
The city of Detroit is already starting to build some Complete Streets and you will likely see more in the future.
In addition, many cities around Michigan and the U.S. are adopting Complete Streets policies. These policies mean that when roads are reconstructed, the cities make sure they are designed for all of the legal users whenever it is financially feasible. It costs less to build a street right the first time and it makes it safer for all users.
There are many reasons for their importance:
As for safety, Detroit has the second highest pedestrian fatality rate in the U.S. Complete Streets help reduce these deaths and make Detroit a safer place to walk.
There are three simple steps you can take to help bring more Complete Streets to Detroit.
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