Thursday News – New Coalition and 99 Policies

Minnesota: Fresh Energy, Transit for Livable Communities, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota have collaborated to initiate the Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition. Last week, the Coalition’s work officially began with an introductory meeting with over 40 attendees. The two goals of the Coalition are: statewide Complete Streets policy in 2010 that includes a concrete implementation process and accountability, and work to ensure ongoing statewide implementation of Complete Streets designs across all jurisdictions. A new web site will be launched soon, but you can start getting involved through Facebook and Twitter. They have a lot of activities line up in the coming month, so be sure to check in frequently! (Fresh Engergy, Twin Cities Streets for People)

Lee’s Summit, MO: At tonight’s City Council meeting, the Lee’s Summit 360 Strategic Plan will up for final approval. The Transportation element of the plan features establishing a complete streets approach to transportation in the City. This will be accomplished through the creation of a Complete Streets Advisory Committee; the passage of a strong, comprehensive complete streets ordinance; improving citizen perception of walking and bicycling safety; increases in the number who choose to walk, bike, or take transit; and more. If the plan is approved tonight, Lee’s Summit will become the 99th jurisdiction expressing clear support for planning, designing, and constructing complete streets. Check tonight’s City Council packet for details on tonight’s presentation and the draft document for more information.

Rochester, MN: New bike lanes on the West River Parkway mark the first project to implement Rochester’s Complete Streets Policy, adopted earlier this year. (Post Bulletin)

Lansing, MI: Complete Streets efforts are heating up in Lansing, where 4,500 registered voters signed an Initiative Petition to establish a Complete Streets Ordinance. The language will be presented at a public hearing on Monday. The City Council is unable to change the Ordinance’s language and must either vote to approve it or send it to the ballot this fall. (Lansing City Pulse)

Miami, FL: A local blogger speaks out in favor of a new proposed zoning code, known as Miami 21. When implemented in tandem with the City’s complete streets resolution, both policies will be more effective in creating a walkable, bikeable – livable – Miami. (Transit Miami)

Charlotte, NC
: Ridership on the 9.6 mile Lynx light-rail, opened in November 2007, line far exceeded expectations. Recording more than 16,000 riders last summer and almost 15,00 daily in June, the line has outperformed its first-year ridership target of 9,100 weekday boardings. Severnty-two percent of riders are new to public transportation. “It shows people that if you build it, they’ll ride it,” said Charlotte Area Transit System Marketing Manager Olaf Kinard of the long delayed $463-million line. Pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation are key users of Charlotte’s transportation system, supported through good complete streets planning and design by the City’s Urban Streets Design Guidelines. (Smart Growth News)

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