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Complete Streets FAQ
The language for SB 513 and HB 1105 is identical, and can be viewed here
Texas Senate Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) Sen. José Rodríguez (D-El Paso) Texas House of Representatives Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) Rep. James L. “Jim” Keffer (R-Eastland) Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin)
SB 513 & HB 1105 Supporting Organizations AARP http://www.aarp.org American Diabetes Association http://www.diabetes.org American Heart Association “The American Heart Association’s 2011 State Public Policy Agenda includes advocating for proposals that promote efforts within the community environment that will lead to increased physical activity and healthy eating such as the creation of […]
Benefits to children: http://www.completestreets.org/complete-streets-fundamentals/factsheets/children/ Benefits to health: http://www.completestreets.org/complete-streets-fundamentals/factsheets/health/ Creation of livable communities: http://www.completestreets.org/complete-streets-fundamentals/factsheets/livable-communities/ Economic revitalization: http://www.completestreets.org/complete-streets-fundamentals/factsheets/economic-revitalization/ Minimize future costs by implementing bike and pedestrian lanes: http://www.completestreets.org/complete-streets-fundamentals/factsheets/costs/
Here is a link to a chart that details complete streets efforts in other states: http://www.completestreets.org/webdocs/policy/cs-state-policies.pdf
This law would encourage agencies constructing new or renovating existing roadways using State and/or Federal funding to include bicycle, pedestrian and transit accommodations. Accomodations include sidewalks, crosswalks, pedestrian signals, curb cuts, bike lanes, cycletracks and other separated bicycle facilities, traffic islands and safety medians, and transit waiting area improvements, just to name a few. The Complete Streets Law […]
Complete Streets foster strong communities – and strong economies. Complete streets play an important role in livable communities, where all people – regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation – feel safe and welcome on the roadways. A safe walking and bicycling environment is an essential part of improving public transportation and creating friendly, […]
Complete streets would mitigate traffic congestion and improve air quality. The potential to reduce carbon emissions by shifting trips to lower-carbon modes is undeniable. The 2001 National Household Transportation Survey found 50 percent of all trips in metropolitan areas are three miles or less and 28 percent of all metropolitan trips are one mile or […]
Complete streets encourage walking and bicycling for health. The National Institutes of Medicine recommends fighting childhood obesity by establishing laws to encourage construction of sidewalks, bikeways, and other places for physical activity.
Complete streets improve safety. A Federal Highways Administration safety review found that streets designed with sidewalks, raised medians, better bus stop placement, traffic-calming measures, and treatments for disabled travelers improve pedestrian safety. Some features, such as medians, improve safety for all users: they enable pedestrians to cross busy roads in two stages, reduce left-turning motorist […]