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Complete Streets: Economy

Complete Streets: Economy

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Published by: League of Michigan Bicyclists on Jul 14, 2010
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What is a Complete Street?
A Complete Street is a roadwaydesigned to meet the needs of allusers, regardless of age or ability. Forfar too long, local and statewidetransportation policy focused solelyon the needs of motorists. This hascreated an unsafe environment formany nonmotorized sectors of thepopulation, such as pedestrians,bicyclists, older citizens, and personswith disabilities. Streets that are“complete” will allow everyone totravel safely and conveniently.
Why we need Complete Streets
: Economy
Some argue that given the current economic conditions Michigan communities simply cannotafford to implement Complete Streets policies. But in reality, they cannot afford
not 
to pass suchpolicies. Livable communities are economically viable ones – increasing residential andcommercial property values, attracting new development, and encouraging residents to buylocally.
Complete Streets legislation is not an ‘unfundedmandate’
Complete Streets legislation does not requireadditional funds to be allocated to sidewalks orbike lanes – only that planners consider theneeds of all users, not just motorists
Complete Streets will help retain recent youngerworkforce
Recent college graduates from Michiganschools say that safe streets andneighborhoods, walk-able streets, andaffordable living are their top factors inchoosing where to live
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 Complete Streets increase residential andcommercial property values
Studies show that an
85%
reduction in trafficwill result in a
5%
increase in residentialproperty values over the first year, and
30%
 over the next thirteen years
2
 
Residential home values on quiet streetscommand an
8-10%
premium over noisystreets
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