"Complete Streets" Resolution Going to County Commission
For Immediate Release Wednesday August 3, 2011
Contact: Craig Covey 248-721-6434 or Dave Woodward 248-894-6650
“Complete Streets” Resolution Coming to Oakland County
Commission Committee to take up Issue Next Week
(Pontiac) The Oakland County Commission is taking up the issue of “Complete Streets” next week when a resolution supporting same will come before the General Government committee on Monday August 8 at 9 am. “Complete Streets” is the design and planning concept for transportation and government agencies that includes all modes of transportation in the creation, construction and repair of roadways in the transportation network. The resolution was submitted by Commissioner Dave Woodward of Royal Oak and Commissioner Craig Covey of Ferndale.
The concept of “Complete Streets” recognizes the importance of multiple methods of transportation beyond cars and trucks, and is inclusive of pedestrians, bicycles, public and mass transit. The emerging and popular new planning and construction system has been adopted by cities, counties and states across the nation. The State of Michigan has adopted the concept as have many cities in Oakland County, including Ferndale, Novi, and Clawson.
The resolution reads, in part, “…increasing active transportation (e.g. walking, bicycling, public transportation) offers the potential for improved public health, economic development, a cleaner environment, reduced transportation costs, enhanced community connections, social equity, and more livable communities. “Complete Streets” can also reduce traffic congestion and reliance on foreign oil.
The resolution is expected to gain bi-partisan support on the County Commission. It must first be vetted and passed by the General Government Committee before coming to the full Commission. A free public discussion of the issue will also be held on Tuesday August 9 at the Ferndale Public Library beginning at 6:30 pm, led by Commissioners Covey and Woodward, as part of the Ferndale Environmental Sustainability Commission “Green Tuesdays” initiative.
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