Support a long-awaited federal Complete Streets bill
We have spent decades designing streets solely to move cars as quickly as possible instead of prioritizing the safety of all people. The result? The number of people struck and killed by drivers while walking increased by 35 percent over the last decade. We are in the midst of astonishing safety crisis—the United States has become an incredibly deadly place to go for a walk.
The federal government needs to take the lead on prioritizing safer streets.
Federal dollars and policies helped create these unsafe streets in the first place, and federal funds, policies, and guidance have a significant role to play in fixing our existing streets and in designing the streets we’ll build tomorrow. The Complete Streets Act of 2019 would require states to set aside money for Complete Streets projects and create a statewide program to dole out the money (and technical support), and also require states & metro areas to adopt design standards that support safer, complete streets.
This legislation is the product of more than a decade of work, and it is essential that Congress advance it and then incorporate it into the next long-term transportation law.