Complete Streets passes city council

LANSING, MI – The City of Lansing now has an ordinance on the books that supporters say will encourage the development of more bike and walking paths in the city. The City Council passed the Complete Streets ordinance last night.

Councilmember Tim Kaltenbach says the ordinance is about making the streets safer for bikers and pedestrians. "I happen to live downtown, and I'd love to have it more bike-friendly, let's say, so that I can get from the West Side down to the Riverwalk without taking my life in my hands which I currently do when I attempt to bike that far," Kaltenbach says.

The city council has been trying to make biking and walking paths a budget priority since 2006. The ordinance would allow the city to use 5% of its share of state gas-tax funds to pay for the improvements.