Support Complete Streets in Baltimore

The Baltimore City Council Land Use and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on Complete Streets legislation introduced by Councilman Ryan Dorsey. It’s about time; the bill was first introduced in July of 2017! Complete streets is the practice of designing streets not just for single occupancy vehicles, but people too. This means that transportation officials must take the needs of transit vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists into account.

The makeup of a complete street will vary by city and circumstance. Examples of complete streets include Rice Street in Kaua’i, HI where new sidewalks, turn lanes, bike lanes and on-street parking were added and Del Paso Boulevard in Sacramento, CA where Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant crosswalks, LED lighting at a nearby light rail station, new bus benches, improved sidewalks, and artwork honoring the area’s equestrian heritage were built as part of a street redesign. According to Smart Growth America, over 1,140 state, local, and regional governments have adopted complete streets policies. The most recent addition to the “complete streets club” is Birmingham, Alabama where the City Council unanimously approved a complete streets bill on March 6th.

It’s long past time for Baltimore to join communities across the country in passing and implementing an effective complete streets law.

You can submit testimony in support of the law to Jennifer.Coates@baltimorecity.gov. Councilman Dorsey has asked that he be CC’ed on any testimony, his email is Ryan.Dorsey@baltimorecity.gov.

If you’re interested attending the hearing and testifying in person, the hearing will be:

Wednesday, March 21
1 pm
Baltimore City Hall, 4th floor, DuBurns Council Chambers
100 N Holliday St
Baltimore, MD 21202

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