People everywhere are making the case for Complete Streets – a movement that says streets ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper. Many states, cities and towns are instituting policies requiring streets that are designed for people, not just cars. Unfortunately, not all tranportation planners and engineers have gotten the message.
Check out this music video on YouTube by Clevelanders protesting the design of a new bridge over the Cuyahoga River that fails to include pedestrian and bike access. The Ohio DOT says it’s too late to consider changes to the Environmental Impact Statement on the project. But the rappers ask that the State of Ohio “take a step forward and not a step back”, to “make a transition from the tradition of carbon emissions” , and “engineer a bridge that will bring new people” to Cleveland to help it thrive. They make the call for a Green city to embrace healthy tranportation for a healthier population, and “lead the nation with green alternative transportation”. Here are a few of the lyrics:
Look to the future and lead the nation
With green alternative transportation
Now is the time to make a transition
From the tradition of carbon emission
Make our streets and bridges complete
Not just for cars but for bikes and feet
The people have spoken and make no mistake
They want a green city on a blue lake.
Will residents of Syracuse and Onondaga County sing this song?