Complete Streets ordinance up for vote on Thursday

LANSING, MI – The Lansing City Council Monday night heard testimony from about 60 people on an ordinance supporters say would make the city more pedestrian- and biker-friendly.

The Complete Streets ordinance would require the city to develop a plan to increase the number of paths for non-motorized travel. The ordinance was brought to the council through a petition drive. But Councilmember Carol Wood says it's an idea that the council has been working on since 2005.

"And that's been part of our council priorities, as well as our budget priorities, that we've asked that something be put together that would outline funding, that would outline how to follow through on those issues, so if this ordinance helps facilitate that and we're able to finally do something, that'll be good," Wood says.

The City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance Thursday. If it fails, the Complete Streets ordinance will be placed on the November ballot.