The Active Transportation Alliance applauds the move by the Cook County Board of Commissioners
Demonstrating its commitment to streets and sidewalks that are safe and inviting for everyone, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a Complete Streets ordinance.
Complete Streets ordinances require that new street projects are designed to accommodate everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus or train user.
Cook County has now joined the ranks of more than 300 other jurisdictions around the nation that have enacted Complete Streets policies.
“We’re thrilled with the new ordinance,” said Ron Burke, executive director of the Active Transportation Alliance. “The policy demonstrates a commitment to the safety and comfort of everyone who uses our streets, regardless of age, ability or mode of transportation.”
According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, Cook County’s ordinance represents one of the strongest county policies in the country. The Active Transportation Alliance provided assistance with drafting the ordinance.
The Active Transportation Alliance thanks Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, and Cook County departments of highways and public health for their strong support of the policy. The new ordinance replaces the Complete Streets executive order issued by former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger in 2009.
In related news, also on Wednesday the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation passed a federal transportation authorization bill that includes a measure for the safe accommodation of all users in federally-funded street projects.
The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by nearly 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 40 full-time staff.
For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.