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On Friday, January 28, the Michigan Department of Community Health and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance launched the Complete Streets Institute. The Complete Streets Institute is a 5-module training series on Complete Streets spanning the basics of how to implementing projects. One hundred trainers, including bike, disabilities, and trail advocates, community officials, county health department staff, MSU Extension specialists, and transportation planners and engineers converged upon Lansing to receive a specialized, day-long training.

Brad Strader of LSL Planning presented the introductory and influencing policy modules, while Nancy Krupiarz of Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance presented the stakeholder engagement module. The 100 trainers plan to take the information back to their constituents and jurisdictions. Several agencies and organizations will be launching Complete Streets Institute trainings across the state in the coming months. Stay tuned for dates and a location near you! For information about the Complete Streets Institute or trainers, please contact Holly Madill, MDCH Complete Streets Project Coordinator, at [email protected] or (517) 335-8372.

To date and our knowledge, 26 Michigan communities have passed Complete Streets policies (resolutions or ordinances), the most in the nation. If the population of all of those communities is added up, over 2,194,607 residents, or 22% of the state’s population, live under local Complete Streets policies that seek to provide its residents with transportation choices, more opportunities for physical activity, and a vibrant community.

Module Title Description
1-Overview of Complete Streets This module defines Complete Streets and explains its importance, history, and benefits, as well as its relationship to other associated topics.
2-Stakeholder Engagement 

This module introduces the various stakeholders of Complete Streets, explains how to work through a coalition to effect policy and projects, and provides messaging and communication tools and tips.
3-Influencing Policy

This module provides the tools needed to assess a community’s readiness for Complete Streets policies and the steps a community would take to implement them. In addition, the module defines and explains the policy-making processes and stakeholders, and Complete Streets laws.

4-Complete Streets Planning and Regulations This module explains policy implementation tools such as planning processes, policies, and regulations.
5-Complete Streets Applications and Design This module explains the design elements and various treatments/applications used to accomplish Complete Streets policy implementation (sidewalks, bike paths, transit stops, road diets, etc.) through project design.

The Dexter Village Council unanimously adopted a Complete Streets Ordinance Monday designed to promote safer travel for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists.  This makes the 4th Complete Streets ordinance in Michigan along with over a dozen resolutions.

As reported by Ann, the ordinance was developed by the American Association of Retired People and members of the Walking and Bicycling Task Force, which include the Michigan Department of Community Health, the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Consumer’s Energy.

“The goal of developing a complete streets ordinance and policy will be to continue planning, designing and engineering the village’s transportation network to serve all ages and abilities through the inclusion of all elements of transportation,” said Allison Bishop, community development manager.

Congratulations to the Village of Dexter!


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For the 2011 grant year, the following local health departments and communities have been awarded an ARRA-Complete Streets grant:

Local Health Department Community
District Health Department #10 City of Big Rapids
City of Ludington
Ingham County Health Department Lansing Township
Marquette County Health Department City of Marquette
Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties City of Escanaba
Washtenaw County Health Department Pittsfield Township
City of Ypsilanti
Western U.P County Health Department City of Hancock
City of Ironwood

Eight communities
were awarded an ARRA-Complete Streets grants in 2010.

An example of how policy change can be accomplished widely is in Washtenaw County. As a result of funding (in part) and assistance from the Washtenaw County Health Department, the City of Saline was able to pass a Complete Streets ordinance in September, 2010. Recently, Washtenaw area’s regional transportation planning organization, Washtenaw Area Transportation Study, decided to take on Complete Streets as a special planning and visioning project in 2011. WATS will be convening a stakeholder group and have a public engagement process to develop a Complete Streets vision for Washtenaw County, including model policy language, design recommendations, etc.

For more information on the Complete Streets program, please contact Holly Madill at [email protected] or (517) 335-8372 or Lisa Grost at [email protected] or (517) 335-9781.

Congratulations to all of the grantees!  We look forward to adding more push pins to our Complete Streets policy map.

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The Michigan Association of Planning, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Safe Routes to School program, Michigan Municipal League, and the MI Chapter – Congress for New Urbanism, is launching its second annual Transportation Bonanza! Slated for December 8 (Lansing Center) and 9th (Lansing Radisson), this comprehensive, multidisciplinary workshop provides the programming necessary to integrate land use and transportation policies with health and mobility agendas, and responds to the recent passage of complete streets legislation, which made Michigan the 14th state to embrace this integrated approach to planning, design and construction of transportation networks which provide safe, attractive and comfortable access for ALL users, from bicyclists and pedestrians, to the elderly and disabled, busses and trains, and the automobile.

Communities that create a culture that embraces transportation options for all users not only expands access to services and encourages healthy lifestyles, but also lowers traffic congestion, attracts and retains residents and businesses, supports mixed use and compact development, promotes economic development, and improves equity in transportation. Learn how YOUR community can enhance its livability, add value to residents, and attract investment by integrating elements that create vitality.

Learn what you can do locally to implement policies and programs that can transform your community, from DAY 1’s national livability experts Michael Ronkin, Harrison Rue, and Scott Windley to Day 2’s ITE Manual authorities Phil Caruso, Brian Bochner and G. Wade Walker.

Whether you are seeking a multi dimensional, motivating, and practical experience, or a technical guide for innovative applications - or BOTH - you will find value, inspiration and skills at MAP’s TB2.

Follow this link for online registration and to view the program brochure, with details about keynote speakers, session descriptions, and mobile workshops.

The Jackson County Health Department and Fitness Council of Jackson is  hosting a FREE Complete Streets training on October 5th, 2010.  Breakfast will be

Location: Jackson County Health Department, Room 005
1715 Lansing Ave, Jackson, Michigan
Time: 7:30 a.m. ­ 9:30 a.m.

See flyer for additional details.

Holly Madill, the Complete Streets coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health, presents to the Jonesville Village Council on Complete Streets on Wednesday, September. 1, 2010.

“Complete Streets is about the context and personality of a community,” Madill said.

Madill also stressed mobile equity and choice. “There should be a choice on how to get where you need to go, and that choice should be available to everyone,” she said.

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In 2010, the Cardiovascular Health, Physical Activity and Nutrition Section at the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) in partnership with Healthy Kids, Healthy Michigan Coalition received a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the passage of a state level complete streets resolution and future legislation.  The funding is also intended to support efforts by local health departments to pass complete streets ordinances in their communities.

Michigan Department of Community Health is also contributing additional funding to the effort.  Seven health departments were awarded grants of $12,000 a piece to support local complete streets efforts.

“Passage of complete streets ordinances will help insure that our communities accommodate all forms of transportation and not just automobiles,” said Lisa Grost, Public Health Consultant for MDCH. “Increasing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and improving physical activity levels through active infrastructure is a win-win for Michigan communities.”

For the 2010 grant year, the following local health departments and communities have been awarded the ARRA-Complete Streets grant:

Local Health Department Community
Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion City of Detroit
Washtenaw County Health Department City of Saline
Ingham County Health Department City of East Lansing
Western U.P County Health Department City of Houghton
Marquette County Health Department Marquette Township
Genesee County Health Department City of Flint and City of Linden
Jackson County Health Department City of Jackson

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