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Broad Coalition Praises Complete Streets Bill Introduced in Minnesota Legislature
Date:2/8/2010

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  A measure to make roads safer and more accessible for all Minnesotans – regardless of age or ability or whether traveling by car, bus, bike or on foot – was introduced into the Minnesota legislature today. The "Complete Streets" bills, SF 2461 and HF 2801, are supported by a broad coalition of health, family, environment, senior, and transportation advocates who attended an afternoon press conference.

"We live on the edge of Eagan and Rosemount just a couple miles from Lebanon Hills Park and a new library – but the sad part is we can't get to these places safely on foot or by bike," said Jene' Leiner, an Inver Grove Heights mother of three young children. "I'd like my kids to be active, but I'd rather start up my car and drive them than risk their safety along a 50 mile per hour road with no sidewalks or bike lanes."

Complete Streets is a common-sense design process that helps the Minnesota Department of Transportation respond to local needs and local users.  Complete Streets removes the need for multiple designs and variances in an effort to build roads right the first time, rather than fixing them after a tragedy occurs.

In the past decade, more than 500 bicyclists and pedestrians have been killed, and another 20,000 injured on Minnesota roads, said Minnesota Representative Mike Obermueller (DFL – Eagan), House author, about his impetus for sponsoring the bill.

"One of the reasons for these injuries and fatalities is that state standards too often dictate that Minnesota roads move cars as quickly as possible and ignore th
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