A mother and her child cross South Cobb Drive just south of Austell Road in South Cobb County, GA. Photo by Transportation for America via Flickr.
No one should have to risk their life just to cross the street.
If you’ve ever walked along a street with no sidewalk or crossed a road with no crosswalk, you know how dangerous incomplete streets can be. Making these streets safer is often easy and affordable—all it takes is the right approach.
A Complete Streets approach encourages traffic planners and engineers to make roads safer and more efficient for everyone who uses them. Over 600 towns, states and regions already have a Complete Streets policy in place and now, a new bill in Congress could bring this approach to communities across the country.
On Friday, Senators Mark Begich and Brian Schatz introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2014. The new bill mirrors legislation introduced in the House in June, and would encourage communities to include safety improvements in transportation project planning.
This step can make streets safer for everyone—at little or no extra cost and without separate funding sources. The bill does not trigger any new federal spending.
Safer streets are a key part of making great places. Vibrant neighborhoods and small town Main Streets all use Complete Streets features, and these features are a big part of what makes these places great.
Help make America’s streets safer for everyone who uses them: speak out for the Safe Streets Act today.
P.S.—Nearly 100 communities passed Complete Streets policies last year. Join our online event on Tuesday, February 18 to celebrate the best of them.