New York State passed the Complete Streets Act in 2011. The NYS Department of Transportation defines a Complete Street in this way:
A Complete Street is a roadway planned and designed to consider the safe, convenient access and mobility of all roadway users of all ages and abilities. This includes pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation riders, and motorists; it includes children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Complete Street roadway design features include sidewalks, lane striping, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders suitable to use by bicyclists, signage, crosswalks, pedestrian control signals, bus pull-outs, curb cuts, raised crosswalks, ramps and traffic calming measures.The Before and After pictures below were taken from the New York State Complete Streets Report, published in February 2014. They show the transformation of a street in Great Neck, Long Island, from a two-lane one-way road into a two-lane two-way road with Complete Streets enhancements--"a new aesthetic, easier and safer crossing for pedestrians, and a number of traffic calming measures."
The lion's share of Hudson's $10 million in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) money--a little less than $4 million--will go toward implementing Complete Streets improvements in the area of the city below Second Street, "to provide safe access, aesthetic improvement, and separation of truck traffic from pedestrians and bicyclists."
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