In August 2013 Memphis will be recognized by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a national leader for active transportation, for adopting the country’s 500th Complete Streets policy. Complete Streets policies work to insure that all streets are safe for every type of transportation: pedestrians, bicyclists, and car or bus riders. They connect users to where they live, work, play, shop and go to school.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Tennessee Network, is inviting Mayor Burke to join the nationwide movement and champion Complete Streets in Chattanooga.
Complete Streets policies benefit the health of communities by making active transportation the easy choice. Businesses grow from Complete Streets policies because more people can easily get to shopping destinations by bus, car, walking or bicycling. Complete Streets improve safety by providing dedicated facilities for pedestrians and bicyclists, helping to make it safer for our children to walk, bike and be more physically active. Active kids do better - performing better academically and developing life-long healthy, active lifestyles - making Complete Streets an important strategy for a city’s Safe Routes to School program.
Mayor Burke, will you take up this cause like Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. and support Complete Street polices in Chattanooga?
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Tennessee Network, stand ready to assist you in your efforts with expertise, knowledge and hundreds of community members eager to make Chattanooga a healthier and more active place to live, work and play.
Christy J. Smith
Tennessee Advocacy Organizer
Safe Routes to School National Partnership