Issue Brief: Complete Streets Legislation

The Issue

ASLA supports legislation that encourages designing transportation corridors to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Background & Analysis 

H.R. 5951, The Safe and Complete Streets Act and S. 2686, The Complete Streets Act has been introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to encourage states and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to establish Complete Streets policies and apply them to federally funded projects.  Complete Streets policies require that the safety, interests, and convenience of all users be considered in the design and construction of transportation projects. Complete Streets policies promote the creation of more walkable and public transportation-oriented communities, thereby improving pedestrian safety, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles, helping to mitigate climate change and helping to reduce dependence on foreign oil. 


House (H.R. 5951): Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA) and 13 co-sponsors. 


Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR) Rep. Ellen Tauscher (CA) Rep. James Moran (VA)
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (MO) Rep. Lynn Woolsey (CA) Rep. Chris Shays (CT)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ) Rep. Russ Carnahan (MO) Rep. Henry Waxman (CA)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA) Rep. Steve Cohen (TN)  
Rep. David Price (NC) Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX)  

 Urge your legislator to co-sponsor Complete Streets legislation.

Status & History 

5/1/2008:  Introduced with Introductory Remarks
   Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
5/2/2008: Referred to the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. 

Senate (S. 2686):
Senator Tom Harkin (IA) and 4 co-sponsors.


Sen. Thomas Carper (DE) Sen. Norm Coleman (MN)
Sen. Richard Durbin (IL) Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT)

Status & History

3/3/2008:  Introduced in the Senate
  Referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. 


National Complete Streets Coalition

“Congress Introduces Complete Streets Legislation” – LAND Online 6/3/2008

Cong. Matsui’s Complete Streets Press Release

Sen. Harkin’s Complete Streets Press Release 3/3/2008

Related ASLA Policies 


ASLA Government Affairs 

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