Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Dear Governor Charlie Crist & Secretary Kopelousos:
The US Secretary of Transportation issued a significant new policy statement putting walking and bicycling on equal footing with motorized traffic. Washington supports complete streets and multi-modal transportation. Given this direction, the Institute of Transportation Engineers’ new Walkable Urban Thoroughfares Manual, and the example for statewide leadership on complete streets by California and their Complete Streets Implementation Action Plan, we call upon you, the Governor of Florida, and the Florida Secretary of Transportation to do the following:
• Adopt the New Federal Policy Statement as FDOT policy and integrate it into the state’s policies, planning processes and guidance documents, including the FDOT revisions to the “Green Book”—the manual used by local governments in designing their road projects.
• Provide leadership and support for a complete streets approach statewide, including aggressively promoting its adoption in communities throughout Florida so that a statewide complete streets program and action plan can be developed and implemented.
To read the full letter, click here.
Other advocacy groups in South Florida are also sending this letter, thanks to the work of the South Florida Complete Streets Task Force.