A "Complete Streets Program" was approved unanimously by the Suffolk County Legislature on Tuesday.
The bill, sponsored by Legis. Rob Calarco, D-Patchogue, directs the county's Department of Public Works to consider all modes of travel when designing a road project, requires the DPW to evaluate the feasibility of using a host of features to accommodate not only motorists, but also pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, senior citizens and people with disabilities, according to a press release from Calarco's office.
“The region’s growth in population and its dependence on cars has led to an ever-worsening grid lock on our roadways, which are some of the most dangerous roads in New York State," Calarco said. "This bill sets the tone for Suffolk County when it designs its roadways. Now we must look to accommodate all users. Complete Streets is a smart program that should enhance the quality of life for everyone."
The Complete Streets program is supported by the AARP/Livable Communities, Vision Long Island, and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.
“This bill, passed in a 16-0 vote, sends a powerful public message. Now we must design our roadways for everyone, not just cars and trucks,” said Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island. He added that the program will offer the opportunity for Suffolk County to take a good look at some of the county roads that are the hardest for the disabled, bicyclists, seniors and walkers to navigate.
The bill was co-sponsored by Legis. Sarah Anker and Kara Hahn.
Gov. Cuomo signed a statewide Complete Streets law last year.