Complete Streets Passes out of the City Council

From Councilman Ryan Dorsey:

Complete Streets started as a campaign promise inspired by my fight to make a bridge in my community more safe. Monday, Council Bill 17-0102 passed 3rd Reader, having evolved, through rigorous listening, discussion, drafting and revision, into one of the strongest and most innovative laws of its kind in the nation.

Passing Complete Streets is one of the most difficult things I've ever done. Our City's streets and sidewalks are truly the fabric of public space that hold our communities together, and this makes them a crucible of competing interests, and a microcosm of our civic life.

This law will touch on virtually every aspect of our transportation environment; how it is designed and built, how we prioritize and steward investments, how we engage with community, design for safety and equity, and report outcomes.

With Mayor Pugh’s signature we will begin a 13-month process of implementation; creating a manual of new guidelines for how DOT designs our streets, how agencies operate collaboratively in the public’s interest, and how residents will be empowered to advocate for safer and healthier streets.

I'm grateful to Council President Young, Councilman Pinkett, and our colleagues on the Council who backed me up and fought for this bill. I'm thankful to the Baltimore Complete Streets Coalition, especially Bikemore, Taffy Gwitira, Dr. Celeste Chavis, Jennifer White at the American Heart Association, LaKeisha Henderson, Ben Groff, and hundreds of community members who put in countless hours of work. I'm especially indebted to the District 3 Team who show up every day determined to make life just a little bit better for the people of this City.

To everyone in Baltimore who believes we can heal this City from within, that we can make changes to policy that challenge structural inequity, and that we are better off when we put the health and safety of people first, this victory is for you.