Grand Haven officials craft Complete Streets policy

Grand Haven officials have created a policy that aims to reinforce plans to create a complete system of transportation options in the community. City Council unanimously Monday approved a measure creating a Complete Streets policy on July 18. "This doesn't tie our hands at all,' City Manager Pat McGinnis said. "It just states what we are already doing.'
Alex Doty
Jul 20, 2011


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.

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I was truly excited when I heard earlier this summer that Robbins Road would be restriped for three lanes, two traffic and a center left turn lane, PLUS, bike lanes. This article really reinforces that excitement. Complete Streets, encourage the alternative use of our transportaiton system. Reduce the need for the Almighty Car. Reduce the need for foriegn oil. Reduce the need to go to other countries and die for oil.
Then, a much more important issue came up. We need to Raise the Speed Limit! 25mph is too slow. Shelve the restriping! Forget about the bike lanes.
I don't understand! What are you thinking?


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