A bill sponsored by Rep. Jim Moeller that has passed both the state House and Senate seeks to ensure that all new or newly repaired state highways within cities eventually make room for pedestrians, cyclists and users of public transit.
House Bill 1071, Moeller’s “Complete Streets” legislation, directs state transportation officials to work with local jurisdictions on the design of street construction and repair projects to make sure they accommodate a variety of transportation modes.
At this point the measure is “an empty bucket,” Moeller said, because the state has no ability to fund it. But the state envisions eventually providing grants to local governments to pay for such amenities as sidewalks and bike lanes along some sections of state highways and major arterial streets.
“It really does set the stage for future federal funding and state funding, hopefully,” the Vancouver Democrat said. “In addition to state highways, it applies to arterial streets.”
The measure aims at “keeping everyone in the loop when it comes to our transportation infrastructure,” Moeller said in a statement. “You’re talking about designing and operating streets in a way that guarantees safe and reliable access for everyone.”