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Another Complete Streets presentation in Detroit

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

MTGA and the city of Detroit continue to partner with the Michigan AARP to bring a Complete Streets discussion to the community. From the Michigan AARP event flyer:

Join AARP Michigan for a Complete Streets Symposium

Livable communities allow people of all ages and abilities to have a range of safe travel choices. AARP Michigan supports the Complete Streets ordinances in Detroit that ensure the development of livable communities.

AARP Michigan, along with Bridging Communities, the City of Detroit and Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance will share information about Complete Streets including local examples, what the City of Detroit is doing to implement them, and how you can become involved.

Please join us at this important community meeting:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Holy Cross Center Fellowship Hall (7060 McGraw, Detroit, MI 48210)

Light refreshments will be provided.

Call 1-877-926-8300 to register by March 5, 2012.

Two Complete Streets meetings planned for Detroit

Monday, October 17th, 2011

There are two upcoming Complete Streets community meetings planned for Detroit.

According to the brochure:

Participants will learn about complete streets, discover some local examples of complete streets and understand what Detroit is doing to implement this kind of infrastructure. They will also learn how they can become more active in the process. Detroit area organizations doing
work related to complete streets will have tables at both events with information for the public.

These meetings are similar to the one held earlier this year in Corktown?(but without the Slows Food.) This time, one meeting will be on the East side while the other is in Northwest Detroit.

Both events are free of charge and will have light refreshments.

All attendees are asked to RSVP by Friday, October 28, 2011 via phone at 1-877-926-8300. If there are any questions, please email Myra.

These events are made possible by sponsorship from the Michigan AARP, the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative, and the city of Detroit.


Educating and empowering young green advocates

Monday, October 25th, 2010

To be successful, it is critical that bike and trail advocates have a diverse voice.

That’s one reason we remind others that efforts like Complete Streets are not just about Lycra-clad cyclists.

For example, the AARP is one of the major advocates for Complete Streets. Why?

In a poll conducted for the AARP study, 40 percent of adults age 50 and over said the sidewalks in their neighborhoods are inadequate. Nearly 50 percent reported they cannot cross main roads close to their home safely, yet half of them would walk, bicycle or take a bus more often if the problems were fixed.

Mobility activists assert that the best way to address these problems is with “complete streets” policies, which allow pedestrians, bicyclists and those who use public transportation to share the road safely and comfortably with automobiles.

And at the other end of the age spectrum, MTGA recently led guided tours of the Dequindre Cut and Detroit RiverWalk to Councilmember Cockrel’s Green Task Force Youth Committee and the Great Lakes  Bioneers Detroit.

Building an interest in trails for these younger groups is clearly important, as is making the connection between walking, biking and being green.

But it’s also key that we encourage their active participation in programming and advocacy. They are a key stakeholder.

The more they can be involved in these efforts now, the more likely they will continue making Detroit more walkable, bikeable, and green.