Complete Streets is a cost-effective way to improve safety and accessibility for everyone using Birmingham’s streets. Whether you are walking, bicycling, driving, or taking public transportation, Complete Streets work for all people, regardless of age, ability, income, or how they chose to travel. As our population continues to age, it will be more important than ever for Complete Streets to be implemented in Birmingham.
A Complete Streets policy in Birmingham would make streets that are safe and easy to cross on foot, comfortable and appealing to drive along, and safe for bicyclists. It would also make public transportation easier and safer to access for people of all abilities. In addition, the benefits of Complete Streets go beyond safety. Making streets safer for walking, running, and cycling also supports healthy, active living. This approach can make Birmingham an even more attractive place to live and visit. Streets that are safe and convenient for pedestrians attract visitors, promote business growth, and would add value to Birmingham’s identity and character. AARP believes the benefits of Complete Streets extend to everyone, and we strongly support the implementation of this policy in Birmingham.
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