Baltimore Approves Complete Streets Ordinance

Complete streets supporters see multiple benefits from prioritizing non-automobile users of the public right of way.
October 17, 2018, 6am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"Baltimore lawmakers voted unanimously Monday to back new 'complete streets' legislation aimed at requiring the city's transportation department to provide more bike lanes, sidewalks and public transit options," reports Luke Broadwater.

"The legislation… is designed to pressure city planners to avoid the practice of years past when they designed a city for cars over other forms of transit," adds Broadwater.

City Councilmember Ryan Dorsey, who sponsored the legislation, made the case for the legislation as a climate change measure, in addition to the intended benefits in traffic safety.

In addition to setting design and planning priority for walking, biking, and public transit, the legislation also establishes the Complete Streets Coordinating Council, tasked with holding the city to its complete streets commitment.

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Published on Monday, October 15, 2018 in Baltimore Sun
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