Letter to the Editor: The Goal of “Complete Streets” is to Make Roads Safer for All Users, Including People Riding in Cars

Published : Friday, October 4, 2019 | 4:10 PM

Dear Editor,

I am writing in response to Wednesday’s article about the survey on traffic improvements.

First, there is a misperception that “Complete Streets” are only for the benefit of people who are walking or riding a bicycle. The goal of complete streets is to make the roads safer for ALL users, including people riding in cars.

Second, the commenter stated that a small percentage of tax dollars are being spent on road repairs. This is false. In Pasadena’s current year capital improvement budget, the breakdown of all funds for street and transportation projects is as follows: 47% of funds are being spent on projects that directly benefit auto travel including road resurfacing, another 6% on projects that benefit all road users, 29% on projects that primarily benefit people riding bicycles (of which 96% are grants for the Union Street Protected Bike Lane), and 18% on projects that primarily benefit people walking to local shops and restaurants, to their office, or in their neighborhood.

If Pasadena had not been awarded the outside grants for the Protected Bike Lane, the money would have been given to another city. It cannot be used for fixing potholes.

When we have safe options for how to get around town, especially for short trips, there are fewer cars on the road, and fewer cars competing for parking spaces. Our air quality improves, our health improves, and we contribute to the effort to reduce the effects of climate change.


Blair Miller
Former Member of the Pasadena Transportation Advisory Commission






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