Friday, February 25, 2011

State your support for Complete Streets Bill proposed for Vermont (and other states)

"When I started, I wasn't even a bill, I was just an idea. Some folks back home decided they wanted a law passed, so they called their local Congressman and he said, 'You're right, there oughta be a law.'"
It is an exciting time for the Complete Streets movement, as a crop of new Complete Streets bills have already been introduced in a half-dozen state legislatures. Each of the introduced bills could have a significant impact in helping to provide safe transportation options for residents and equipping state departments of transportation with new direction to take with their projects.
With state governments tackling a number of issues this year, Complete Streets bills may get lost in the shuffle. It’s important that you contact your own state representatives to ask them to support the bills, and send a note of thanks to those who have introduced the language. Tell them how Complete Streets would make your life better by lowering your transportation expenses or for your children to be more physically active.


H. 198 (.pdf), introduced in early February, would change existing state statutes to more clearly direct accommodation for people of all ages and abilities, whether walking, bicycling, taking public transportation, or driving. It would also require annual reporting on progress. The bill already has support from 28 Representatives and is supported by AARP Vermont and 45 partner organazations.
  • You can look up your representatives and let them know you support a comprehensive Complete Streets approach in Vermont.
  • If you are represented by one of the follow, be sure to thank them for sponsoring the bill: Representatives Burke, Masland, Andrews, Bohi, Davis, Donovan, Edwards, Font-Russell, French, Haas, Head, Lanpher, Lorber, Martin, McFaun, Mrowicki, Pearson, Pugh, Ram, Shand, Spengler, Waite-Simpson, Webb, Weston, Wilson, Wizowaty, Wright, and Young.
Read about the other states here.

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