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

>St. Paul, Albert Lea, Bloomington and Hennepin County have either passed Complete Streets policies or are working to implement them.

The Complete Streets concept is broadly supported by Minnesotans. A recent statewide poll by the Minnesota Environmental Partnership found that 73 percent of Minnesotans support a policy that would encourage communities to build roads for all users, including transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Senator Tony Lourey (DFL – Kerrick), chief Senate author, said Complete Streets would only change the design of future projects, and not demand the retrofitting of existing roads. In the long run this will potentially save money by preventing costly retro-fits that sometimes occur when a street or road is deemed unsafe for pedestrians and other users, Lourey added.

Complete Streets has bipartisan support in the legislature.  Authors include:  

Senate:
Sen. Tony Lourey (D-Kerrick)
Sen. Scott Dibble (D-Mpls)
Sen. Michael Jungbauer (R-East Bethel)
Sen. Ann Rest (D-New Hope)
Sen. Julie Rosen (R-Fairmont)
 
House:
Rep. Mike Obermueller (D-Eagan)
Rep. Bernie Lieder (D-Crookston)
Rep. Kim Norton (D-Rochester)
Rep. Dan Severson (R-

SOURCE Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition
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