To ensure that all users of the transportation system, including pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, children, older individuals, and individuals with disabilities, are able to travel safely and conveniently on and across federally funded streets and highways.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011’’.
1 (1) COMPLETE STREET.—The term ‘‘complete
2 street’’ means a roadway that—
3 (A) safely accommodates all travelers, par-
4 ticularly public transit users, bicyclists, pedes-
5 trians (including individuals of all ages and in-
6 dividuals with mobility, sensory, neurological, or
7 hidden disabilities), motorists, and freight vehi-
8 cle operators; and
9 (B) enables all travelers to use the road-
10 way safely and efficiently.
Bill sponsor Tom Harkin understands the connection between autocentric street design and health and safety. “In many places across the country, there is a complete lack of sidewalks and bike lanes,” said Sen. Harkin in a statement upon release of the legislation. “This not only makes our roadways more dangerous for pedestrians, it discourages people from being more active by walking or riding a bike.” (from dc.streetsblog.org)