California Passes Complete Streets Law, Major Victory for National Complete Streets Movement

ASLA Government Affairs


ASLA is pleased to announce that the California Complete Streets Act of 2008 was signed into law on September 30 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The new law, which complements an existing policy, instructs Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) to "fully consider the needs of non-motorized travelers (including pedestrians, bicyclists and persons with disabilities) in all programming, planning, maintenance, construction, operations and project development activities and products." 

The legislation was supported by the National Complete Streets Coalition, of which ASLA is a member. The Coalition, comprised of organizations representing design professionals, transit users, pedestrians, bicyclists and disabled people, works to ensure that roads and transportation routes plan and implement multi-modal transportation routes with all users in mind.

On the Federal level, ASLA continues to advocate for complete streets legislation and encourage its members to ask their representatives to co-sponsor the Complete Streets Act of 2008 (S. 2686), introduced in the Senate by Senator Tom Harkin (IA) and the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2008 (H.R. 5951), introduced in the House by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA). To learn more about ASLA's position on complete streets, please click here.

California joins Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oregon and South Carolina among states that have enacted complete streets legislation. 


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JR Taylor
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