Last week, State Representative Nick Collins joined his colleagues Massachusetts House of Representatives to pass transportation legislation on the Complete Streets initiative.
The bill transitions the Complete Streets initiative, currently a part of Chapter 90 funding, into a municipal grant program. This initiative aims to enhance safety and accessibility for multi-modal transportation which includes transportation geared towards pedestrians and cyclists. To qualify for the grant program municipalities must:
- Attend a training program;
- Adopt a Complete Streets by-law that has been subject to a public hearing; and
- Create a Complete Streets prioritization plan.
“This bill will help catalyze important improvements to our transportation system in the City of Boston and throughout the state” said Rep. Collins. “By incentivizing the Complete Streets program, we are giving local cities and municipalties the resources they need to promote multi-modal transportation for cyclists and pedestrians.”
The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.