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What Are Complete Streets?

Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

014.jpgComplete Streets, a nationwide movement launched by the National Complete Streets Coalition in 2004, aims to improve access to safe modes of transportation, vibrant places, and quality of life through street-level improvements that make the safe and active choice the easy choice for all roadway users.

History: After World War II, the entire built environment (transportation planning, roadway design) was designed around the automobile. By the time the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, the idea of accommodating all individuals with all abilities using all modes of transportation had become practice. Today, the National Complete Streets Coalition focuses on building on the Americans with Disabilities Act by bringing together multiple stakeholders, like our Interdepartmental Workgroup here in Rockland County, to adopt local policies and implement Complete Streets projects.

Why Complete Streets for Rockland County?

  • A cyclist from Pomona was killed in a hit and run collision on Route 202 between Spook Rock Road and Old Haverstraw Road on Monday, December, 21, 2015. 
  • At-risk Rockland County residents (i.e., youth, the aging, racial/ethnic minorities and low-income individuals) are victim to a disproportionate number of pedestrian fatalities.
  • 9 pedestrians were killed on roads in Rockland County in the three years from 2011 through 2013.
  • Only about 7% of all reportable crashes involved pedestrians, cyclists, and other users of non-motorized transportation, but they account for 25% of all fatal crashes.    
  • Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Crashes Rockland County 2011-2015
 
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Women crossing mid-block where no crosswalk exists; vehicle traffic travels at approximately 35 mph.  
 
 
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Incomplete sidewalk; north side of Route 59.
                                                               
Existing Policies in Rockland County:

Please visit www.ny.gov to see a list of other New York State municipalities and counties that have passed Complete Streets policies.

Tips & Tools for Walkers & Cyclists:

Fact Sheets:

The National Complete Streets Coalition has an excellent selection of fact sheets that explain how Complete Streets can improve our communities. Here are links to recommended fact sheets:

PowerPoints:

Webinars:

Meet the Press/Complete Streets in Rockland:

Other Resources:

For More Information Contact:

Melissa Jacobson, MPH, Assistant Director
Division of Health Promotion & Chronic Disease Prevention
Rockland County Department of Health, 50 Sanatorium Road, Building J, Pomona, New York 10970 
Email: jacobsom@co.rockland.ny.us. Phone: (845) 364-3610