You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Public Acts 134 & 135 of 2010’ tag.

The Michigan Department of Transportation has finalized their selections for the Complete Streets Advisory Council and will host their first meeting on Dec 13, 2010 from 1 - 3 pm in the Lake Superior Room within the Historical Center in Lansing. You can learn more about the Advisory Council and see the agenda for the first meeting on MDOT’s website. The following individuals were selected to serve on the Advisory Council:

Organization Named
in Act
Affiliation Representative Title
State Transportation Department MDOT Kirk Steudle
or designee
Department of Community Health MDCH Janet Olszewski
or designee
Department of State Police MSP Capt. Monica Yesh-(Col. Washington’s designee) Captain
State Transportation Commission STC Linda Miller-Atkinson-
(Chairman Wahby’s
Vice Chairwoman
Environmental Organization Grand Traverse Regional
Land Conservancy
Megan Olds Associate Director
A Planning Organization Michigan Association of
Andrea Brown Executive Director
Disabled Persons Organization Michigan Disability Network Jim Magyar Executive Director
Road Commission Organization County Road Association of Michigan John Niemela Director
Public Transit Users Organization Wheelhouse Detroit Kelli Kavanaugh Local business owner
& regular transit rider
Licensed Professional Engineer Oakland County Road
Gary Piotrowicz Traffic & Safety
Department Manager
The Michigan Municipal League The Michigan
Municipal League
Suzanne Schulz Legislative Associate
AARP AARP Michigan Karen Kafantaris Assoc. State Director
for Community Servs
League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Region 8 Representative Barbara Schmid Secretary, LMB Board of Directors
Pedestrian Organization Safe Routes to School
National Partnership
Rory Neuner State Network Manager
Michigan Public Transit Association Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Christopher White Manager of Service Development
The Michigan  Township Association Delta Township Ken Fletcher Township Supervisor
Michigan Department of Resources
& Energy (non-voting)
MDNRE Rebecca Humphries DNRE Director
Michigan State Housing Development Authority (non-voting) MSHDA Gary Heidel Interim Director

Michigan’s new Complete Streets law, Public Act 134 and 135 of 2010, was cited this week in Opinion No 7251 by Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox. It states that a county road commission does not have to get the permission of a property owner to build a pathway in the easement of a county-built road.

The question dealt specifically with construction of a pedestrian and bicycle pathway in the easement of a county road. “Easements may only be used for lawful purposes,” Mr. Cox said, “but construction of a pedestrian and bicycle pathway in such an easement would constitute a lawful purpose. So, permission of a property owner would not be required to construct such a pathway.”

Learn more and download the opinion

Governor Granholm held a ceremonial bill signing ceremony for the Complete Streets legislation last Thursday in her ceremonial office in the State Capitol.  Numerous Complete Streets Coalition partners, including League of Michigan Bicyclists, Michigan Environmental Council, AARP, Michigan Fitness Foundation, Program to Educate All Cyclists, DD Council, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, Michigan Department of Community Health, American Hearth Association and the Michigan Municipal League were all invited to the ceremony and thanked by the Governor and the legislative sponsors for our involvement.

View more photos from the bill signing on the Michigan Municipal League’s Flickr page.

Photo by Matt Bach, Michigan Municipal League.

Both Complete Streets bills (HB 6151 and HB 6152) were presented to Governor Granholm last Thursday afternoon. Late Sunday, she signed them both into law.

They were sent to the Secretary of State’s office on Monday, August 2 as Public Acts 134 and 135 of 2010.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make this possible!

Of course the work is just beginning. These bills really just set the stage for implementing Complete Streets throughout Michigan.

The Michigan Complete Streets Coalition is encouraging supporters to send the bill sponsors a quick thank you message:

Representative Jon Switalski Representative Pam Byrnes
[email protected] [email protected]
(517) 373-1772 (517) 373-0828
State Capitol State Capitol
P.O. Box 30014 P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48908 Lansing, MI 48908

* Michigan is the 14th state to adopt Complete Streets legislation, and the 22nd state to adopt any form of a policy such as department directives.

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

MI Complete Streets Policies / Nonmotorized Plan Finder

Follow Complete Streets on Twitter

Twitter Updates

National Complete Streets Coalition on Twitter

Share the Blog

Bookmark and Share

Michigan Complete Streets Photo Stream