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COMPLETE STREETS

Complete Streets is a national movement to ensure that roadways are designed and operated to enable safe access along and across a street for all users of all ages and abilities including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, and those with disabilities, in addition to automobiles.

Michigan recognizes that completing streets is an important strategy to improve the safety, health, and economic conditions of our communities and their residents. There are many benefits of Complete Streets including:
  • Increased opportunity for physical activity and its associated health benefits
  • Providing a mode of transportation for those individuals who are unable or chose not to drive
  • Improving pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Associated economic impacts of creating walkable communities and increasing the quality of life within our communities
  • Reduces traffic congestion and natural resource consumption, and improves air quality

The Community Policy Action Team of Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan includes several state and local level partners who have been instrumental in working on Michiganís Complete Streets movement.

In 2010, the Team received a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to: 1) support a state level complete streets legislation which passed August, 1, 2010 (Public Act 134 and 135) and 2) fund local health departments to support passage of a local Complete Streets ordinance (s) at the community level. Additional funds have been allocated to passing local Complete Streets ordinances through the Building Healthy Communities Program.

See the Complete Street Resources page for more information and tools.
MDCH Staff
Michigan Healthy Communities Team Lead MIHC@mihealthtools.org