Complete Streets Chopped from Conference Bill

The Complete Streets provision included in the Senate transportation bill has been struck from the final bill during the conference process. The provision, Safety for Motorized and Non-Motorized Users, received bi-partisan support in the Senate and is based on a marker bill that received bi-partisan support in the House. However, it was included in the Commerce committee’s freight title, which had come under fire from House Republicans for unrelated reasons.

This commonsense measure would have helped ensure the safety of millions of Americans, of all ages and abilities, who use our roads while traveling on foot, in cars, and on bicycles and buses. We hope that Congress will reconsider this action, and we thank Senators Begich, Thune, Lautenberg, Carper and Harkin for their unwavering support of this provision through the conference process, as well as Representatives Matsui and LaTourette. The Coalition will continue its work for safer streets on Capitol Hill, and in the cities, towns, and states that are passing their own Complete Streets policies.

One positive note: the Highway Safety Improvement Program language in the report includes a new, more comprehensive definition of street users that is based on Complete Streets language.

The striking of the Complete Streets measure is a one disappointment among many in a bill getting mixed reviews from transportation reform advocates. Please see statements from our Coalition members for more on this large and complex bill:

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    4 Responses to Complete Streets Chopped from Conference Bill

    1. Pingback: Complete Streets update | Betsey Buckheit

    2. Blaze Birinyi says:

      This is very sad news indeed. I would hazard to say that our representatives are not doing their duty of protecting our citizens by the removal of this legislation. How many more pedestrians, cyclists and others must die on poorly designed streets until we realize this is not a small line item issue for our congress to willy nilly cancel over technicalities. I would add that the removal of this program is a criminal assault on the American people as so many still use other forms of transportation than idependent vehicles. Wake up America, this congress is threatening our lives with this reckless action. What are we to do next?

    3. Alvin691 says:

      I applaud this action. It shows our legislaters are becoming wise about Agenda 21.

    4. Prince of Peeps says:

      Though this seems a good project, I have three things to say about it: 1) It is not federal business. It is state and city business. 2) In spite of it’s merit, we can’t afford everything. Some things will just have to wait. 3) If government at all levels cut the waste and crap, we could afford projects like this.

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