Council approves ‘Complete Streets’ proposal

An ordinance that would require new and rebuilt streets in Indianapolis to be designed and constructed with multiple users in mind has been passed by the City-County Council.

Councilors on Monday unanimously approved the measure known as "Complete Streets," which calls for planners designing roads to look beyond the needs of motorists—to also consider pedestrians, bicyclists and public transportation users.

The ordinance was initiated in June by City-County Council President Maggie Lewis, a Democrat, and co-sponsored by Democrat John Barth.

“As Indianapolis continues to grow, it is essential we plan for the safe and mixed use of our streets and sidewalks,” Lewis said in a prepared statement.

Lewis introduced the ordinance that had been championed by advocates for several years. Health by Design—a coalition working to ensure that neighborhoods, public spaces and transportation infrastructure promote physical activity and healthy living—coordinated the effort.

Design elements might include sidewalks, bike lanes, special bus lanes, safe-crossing areas, median islands and accessible pedestrian signals.

The ordinance needs final approval from Mayor Greg Ballard.

 

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