A message from Rick Diermeier:

The City of Onalaska Plan Commission will be considering the topic of “Complete Streets” during their monthly meeting (agenda is attached) to be held at 7:00pm on Tuesday July 24 at the Onalaska City Hall on Main St. I pulled the information below from the Complete Streets website (http://www.completestreets.com) to provide some information on what this is all about. Adoption of a Complete Streets ordinance will simply require that pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation users be considered in the design of streets, roads and other transportation infrastructure projects. An ordinance can be worded in such a way as to prevent significant cost increase resulting from this requirement. If you are interested in improving the quality of our city and in making it more accessible for all modes of transportation, please attend to show your support. I often use the example of the path adjacent to Green Coulee Road in discussing Complete Streets. If you live in this area, you know that this path is a very nice walking, biking, jogging facility and that it is heavily used. If we build nice facilities, people will use them and receive all of the benefits that come from increased physical activity and reduced vehicle use. Please feel free to pass this information along to anyone else that you feel may be interested in attending.

What are Complete Streets?
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed & operated to enable safe access for all users. Pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, & public transportation users of all ages & abilities are able to safely move along & across a complete street. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, & bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time & make it safe for people to walk to & from bus stations. What do Complete Streets policies do? Creating complete streets means transportation agencies change their approach to community roads. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, communities direct their transportation planners & engineers to routinely design & operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.

Why do we need Complete Streets policies? Incomplete streets – those designed with only cars in mind – limit transportation choices by making walking, bicycling, & taking public transportation inconvenient, unattractive, &, too often, dangerous. Changing policy so that our transportation system routinely includes the needs of people on foot, public transportation, & bicycles means that walking, riding bikes, & riding buses & trains will be safer & easier. People of all ages & abilities will have more options when traveling to work, to school, to the grocery store, & to visit family.

Best regards,
Rick Diermeier

President L. B. White Company, Inc.

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