The Safe Streets Act
The Safe Streets Act (HR 2071) encourages safer streets through policy adoption at the state and regional-levels—mirroring an approach already being used in more than 600 local jurisdictions, 51 regional agencies, 30 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
The bills calls upon all states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations to adopt Safe Streets policies for federally funded projects within two years. Such policies would apply to new construction and roadway improvement projects. Federal legislation will ensure consistency and flexibility in the processes and standards that direct road-building at all levels of governance. It will help ensure effective practice and proven safety measures become federal guidelines, leading to improved safety on community streets.
U.S. House of Representatives
The bipartisan Safe Streets Act was introduced in the House by Representatives Matsui (D-CA-5) and Joyce (R-OH-14) on April 28, 2015 as H.R. 2071. We’re proud to count many more co-sponsors:
- Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3)
- Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN-5)
- Rep. André Carson (D-IN-7)
- Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL-26)
- Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
- Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT-5)
- Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ-11)
- Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY-19)
- Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY-3)
- Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH-6)
- Rep. David Joyce (R-OH-14)
- Rep. John Lewis (D-GA-5)
- Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2)
- Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA-6)
- Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC-At-Large)
- Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY-23)
- Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV-1)
- Rep. David Valado (R-CA-21)
- Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD-8)
Your help is needed to build support for a federal Complete Streets policy!
Here are five things you can do:
- Write to your legislators now, urging them to support a the Safe Streets Act.
- Call your in-district office to set up a meeting with your Member of Congress or their staff. Use GovTrack to find contact information for your Senators or Representative and get tips for scheduling a meeting on our resources page.
- Call your Member’s DC office and ask to speak to the staffer working on transportation. Check out our suggested call script.
- Are you involved with an organization? Sign-on to our organizational letter asking other Members of Congress to support the Safe Streets Act.
- Spread the word — tell others about the Safe Streets Act and how their support will make an impact!
Check out our resources section for talking points, sample letters, and more information.