Bipartisan legislation to create safer streets

We got this the other day from Smart Growth America:

Representatives Doris Matsui and David Joyce introduce the
Safe Streets Act of 2013

CONTACT: Craig Chester,, 202-215-8858

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Congressman David Joyce (R-OH) introduced the Safe Streets Act of 2013 in the U.S. House of Representatives. The measure would ensure safer streets for all Americans, including people of all ages and abilities who are walking, bicycling, driving, or taking public transit.

“Too many of the roads in our country are designed solely with drivers in mind,” said Congresswoman Matsui. “The risks of such design are evident in the number of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths and injuries we see ever year, and often discourage more people from considering other transportation methods. That is why I am pleased to introduce the Safe Streets Act of 2013, bipartisan legislation that would ensure our communities’ streets are developed with all users in mind. Complete Streets policies have been a major success at the local and state level, saving lives, easing congestion, fighting air pollution and creating forward-looking projects that provide lasting value. I look forward to working with Rep. Joyce and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure our streets are safe for all users, regardless of their age, mobility or mode of travel.”

“I’m pleased to be part of the bipartisan effort to make our roadways more safe, particularly for seniors and children,” said Congressman Joyce. “It’s important we take steps to improve safety in our communities and this bill is a step in the right direction.”

“The Safe Streets Act is another sign that Congress is responding to the demands of the American public for travel options that are safe and convenient for all users of our transportation system,” says Roger Millar, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. “It should be safe and convenient to drive on America’s streets, and just as safe and convenient to walk, ride a bike or take transit.”

The bill encourages safer streets through Complete Streets policy adoption at the state and regional-levels—mirroring an approach already being used in more than 490 regional and local jurisdictions, 28 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. Such policies are leading to safer streets and more vibrant communities across the country. A federal provision will ensure consistency in policies and funding needed to support these local efforts and ensure safe streets in every community.

“We are pleased to see the federal government recognize the connection between accommodating all roadway users and creating safer and more livable streets,” says Rich Weaver, Chair of the National Complete Streets Coalition, and Director of Planning, Policy, and Sustainability for the American Public Transportation Association.

The National Complete Streets Coalition brings together public interest groups such as AARP, the National Association of Realtors, and the American Public Transportation Association, as well as practitioner organizations such as the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. It works for the adoption and effective implementation of Complete Streets policies at the local, state and federal levels.

The National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed and constructed. Complete Streets policies direct transportation planners and engineers to consistently design with all users in mind.

Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to advocating for better development strategies in communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to creating more homes near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information visit

The website GovTrack gives H.R. 2468: Safe Streets Act of 2013 a 2% chance of being enacted…owning largely to Congress’s crappy track record in getting meaningful legislation passed these days. Please contact your state representatives and urge them to vote for this bill!

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