On May 5, Representatives from California and Ohio introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, which would require state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to write and adopt Complete Streets policies to apply to projects using federal funding. The bill is H.R. 1780. Currently, no Texas members of Congress are […]
Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.
Creating complete streets means transportation agencies must change their orientation away from building primarily for cars. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users.
We couldn’t have gotten as far as we did without help from the Partnership for a Healthy Texas, the AARP, transit authorities and other groups (click here for a full list). BikeTexas’ Executive Director, Robin Stallings, is on the steering committee for the Partnership, which is an association of health-related organizations that crusade against obesity […]
BikeTexas made solid progress in fighting for Complete Streets, though we will have to try again in 2013. It passed in both the House Transportation Committee and the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. Unfortunately, it did not pass through the House or Senate before the session ended, so Complete Streets will not be passed […]
The Complete Streets bill, SB 513, would require the Texas Department of Transportation to consider all modes of transportation including bicycles and walking in road renovation or new construction projects that use federal or state funding. The bill passed through the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee last week, and the entire Senate may vote […]
The Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee heard SB 513 — the Senate companion to the Complete Streets bill in the House — on Wednesday, April 13. If passed, the bill would require the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to consider all modes of transportation when designing roads built with state and federal funding. Examples […]
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) is a solid supporter of Complete Streets laws and policies across the country. The NAR has recognized that home buyers and renters across all demogrpahics prefer neighborhoods that are safe, have less car traffic, and offer easily accessible walking and biking options for local transportation. The website www.realtor.org/transtools offers […]
On March 16 the House Transportation Committee will have a public hearing regarding HB 1105 – the Complete Streets Bill. Your involvement is key to making sure they support this essential bill for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists in Texas. Priority #1 – Show up in person, Wednesday March 16, 8am at the Capitol […]
Complete Streets – How to Get Involved Priority #1 Sign the Complete Streets Petition Priority #2 Spread the Word & Gather More Signatures Get Everyone You Know to Sign the Petition Tell anyone you know who walks, rides, or drives on roads in Texas to sign the petition at: www.biketexas.org/completestreets You may also download & […]
Complete Streets Bill Authors Texas Senate (SB 513) 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 (HB 1105) 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 […]
ACTION ALERTS 1) The House Transportation Committee heard HB 1105 on March 16, and is currently considering the bill. Read about the hearing here and ask the Committee members to vote YES on HB 1105 if you are a constituent. 2) Please contact Senate Transportation Committee Chair Tommy Williams to ask for a […]