LANSING, Mich. - The League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) today announced its support for $2.5 billion in added annual investment in Michigan's roads as part of its Bicycle and Trails Advocacy Day on Wednesday.
“When drivers and bicyclists have to swerve to avoid potholes or broken asphalt, people who ride bikes find their lives at risk,” John Lindenmayer, Executive Director of LMB, said in a press release. “Complete streets don’t have to be expensive. If we’re fixing the roads, let’s fix them right the first time. This is an opportunity to not only have smoother pavement, but to incorporate much-needed safety infrastructure that protects Michigan’s most vulnerable roadway users. An additional $2.5 billion in annual road funding, as proposed in Gov. Whitmer’s budget, can be a long-term solution for the future of Michigan’s roads if it includes functionality for people who walk or ride bikes.”
According to the Fixing Michigan's Roads Plan, state roads are currently at 78% good or fair condition. However, the number of roads in poor condition is expected to double from 22% to 44% in the next five years.
If passed, Gov. Whitmer's budget plan would invest $2.5 billion annually to fix Michigan's roads and bridges, and would include safety upgrades. Whitmer has invited legislators to propose their own plan to raise the $2.5 billion for a long-term solution that prioritizes high-value, highly traveled roads.
“Broken roads are unsafe roads, and a serious plan to fix our roads will help restore the crumbling roads that people who drive or ride bikes use every day for recreation or commuting to work,” said Lindenmayer. “We agree with Gov. Whitmer that significant investment is needed, because investing in high-quality infrastructure improves safety, attracts tourism, increases access to bicycling and promotes physical activity.”
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