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Grand Haven officials craft Complete Streets policy

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:01 AM

Complete Streets are achieved when organizations plan, design, construct, re-construct, operate and maintain the transportation network to improve travel conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities in a manner consistent with the surrounding community — according to a Disability Network/Lakeshore official.

“Mobility is important in our community — and by passing this resolution, we are making a commitment to both ourselves and our citizens that safety and accessibility are key considerations in the planning process,” McGinnis said.

According to the Disability Network/Lakeshore, development of transit infrastructure offers long-term cost savings, improved public health, economic development, a cleaner environment, reduced transportation costs, enhanced community connections, social equity and more “livable” communities. Kathryn Gray, a public policy specialist for Disability Network/Lakeshore, said streets that support and invite multiple uses with safe, active and ample space are more conducive to public life and efficient movement of people than streets designed primarily to move automobiles.

Grand Haven joins three communities in West Michigan that have adopted a policy — Holland, Allegan and Grand Rapids.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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