The Malone Complete Streets Advisory Board recently completed their Annual Report for 2015-2016. The report summarizes the activities and accomplishments of the volunteer board and it is quite impressive. The list of accomplishments is diverse. It includes new sidewalks, programs and policies to support walking and bicycling in Malone. Here is a summary of the great work that the group has accomplished in a single year:
- Secured funding for reconstruction of sidewalks at Arsenal Green Park.
- Facilitated the installation of Sharrows to improve bicycle awareness on Duane Street.
- Launched the Explore Malone Walk/Bike Challenge.
- Hosted a Complete Streets Forum to increase awareness of Complete Streets and identify local priorities.
- Promoted activities for the Safe Routes to School Walk & Bike Month in May.
- Prepared two grant applications for DOT that will fund sidewalk construction if awarded.
- Successfully advocated for the adoption of a new Sidewalk Code at the Town level.
- Advisory Board member Josy Delaney was awarded a Fellowship to participate in the America Walks Walking College.
The Malone Complete Streets project began in 2010 when the Heart Network sponsored a training for interested citizens. Following the training, those citizens formed the Malone Complete Streets Partnership (MCSP) and began work on a Complete Streets Plan for the community. The plan and a complimentary Complete Streets Policy, was adopted by the Town and Village of Malone while the MCSP evolved into the Complete Streets Advisory Board, which is responsible for facilitating implementation of the Plan and Policy. You can learn more about the activities of the Advisory Board by following their Facebook page.
The Heartnetworks’ Creating Healthy Schools and Communities grant still provides occasional technical assistance, but the Advisory Board is largely self sufficient at this point. The Complete Streets Advisory Board is a shining example of citizens taking ownership and taking action in their community. Congratulations!