The Michigan Department of transportation has decided to solve road issues by promoting vehicle-less travel.
Sure why not. They haven't been able to keep up with the roads, and those stupid bridge plans keep confusing them (oooohhhhh SHINY!) to the point of inefficiency. Our communities already are suffering due to reduced revenue sharing for roads and street repairs, so lets make sure all streets and roads have AWESOME walking ability mandated on them. More pressure from the state while the check book is being put away anyhow. Good deal. Below from the release:
MDOT is sponsoring walkability audits in seven communities in August.
The audit provides a hands-on evaluation of walking conditions in the community.
The audit is designed for city engineers, planners, residents and others.
Contact community organizer for details.
August 2, 2012 -- Interested in making your neighborhood or community more conducive to walking? The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is promoting a series of "walkability" audits in seven communities around the state, designed to provide a hands-on evaluation of the walking conditions in a portion of the community, and a discussion of design improvement ideas.
The walkability audits are designed to help city engineers, planners, officials, residents and others realize the benefits of providing a safe and attractive environment for walking. The free audits will be conducted by Dan Burden of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, who has 40 years of experience in developing, promoting and evaluating active transportation facilities, traffic calming practices and sustainable community design.
Audits will be conducted from Aug. 12 to17. For more details, contact the community organizer.
The 2012 schedule follows:
Dates Location Contact
Sunday, Aug. 12 Paw Paw firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Aug. 13 Alpine Township email@example.com
Monday, Aug. 13 Wyoming firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Aug. 14 Meridian Township email@example.com
Wednesday, Aug. 15 Gaylord firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, Aug. 16 Trenton email@example.com
Friday, Aug. 17 Detroit firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't Barrel Through Work Zones! - Drive Smart to Stay Alive.
Or simply walk.
No one has ever died by a collision with another human being. (that I am aware) And by golly, even if it takes you a few extra hours to get to work, it will be well worth it!