Ed Day, Rockland County Executive
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 6, 2016
Contact: County Executive's Office, (845) 638-5122
Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512
PUBLIC HEALTH WEEK: FOCUS ON SAFE STREETS FOR ALL USERS
NEW CITY, NY - - As part of National Public Health Week, Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert are pleased to be continuing efforts to collaborate with many county agencies on the Rockland County Complete Streets Initiative; to make our roads safe for all!
Complete streets are streets for everyone. They are planned, designed, operated, and maintained for safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, using a wheelchair or walker, bicycling, driving in a car, or riding on a bus or train.
"We are pleased that since 2013, with help from the Health Department, the Town of Ramapo, Village of Spring Valley, and Village of West Haverstraw have adopted Complete Streets resolutions and have developed plans to begin improvements to neighborhood roadways to make them safer for all users," said Dr. Ruppert. An Executive Order signed by County Executive Day further supports the Complete Streets initiative and called for an interdepartmental workgroup to develop and facilitate guidelines for the County.
Coming this summer, the interdepartmental work group will continue its partnership with the New York State Department of Health, police in Ramapo and Spring Valley, and the Health Department's Local IMPACT grant, to educate both drivers and pedestrians on the 'See! and Be Seen!' campaign. For drivers: "See!" - expect pedestrians; pay attention and don't text while driving; and obey the speed limit. For pedestrians: "Be Seen!" - use crosswalks; obey signals; look left, look right, look left again before crossing; and pay attention and don't text while crossing. For more information visit www.safeny.ny.gov/peds-ndx.htm.
Visit the County's new Complete Streets web pages rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/complete-streets/ for information and resources.
Get involved! All towns and villages are encouraged to get involved in Complete Streets to make Rockland streets safe for all. Contact Melissa Jacobson at the Health Department at 845-364-3610 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Health Department, through the Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Grant are working with the Towns of Clarkstown and Ramapo to develop/strengthen Complete Streets Policies and implement projects.
Our County Health Department helps to lay the foundation that puts healthy choices within reach, whether through research, data collection, health education, policy change, or direct services. Creating the healthiest nation, and county, is also up to each one of us. We need to make the choices that improve our own health and support efforts to make the healthy choice the easy choice for everyone in our community. Learn more about your Health Department www.rocklandgov.com/health, and follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/rockhealth and Twitter www.twitter.com/rockhealth for important health information delivered right to you. Visit www.nphw.org/ for more information about National Public Health Week.