Many North Country communities have come to embrace Complete Streets principles in recent years. Some communities have adopted complete streets policies; a few have bicycle and pedestrian master plans, and many have completed projects that improved local conditions for walking and biking. Both Malone and Saranac Lake have local advisory boards that guide the implementation of bicycle and pedestrian plans, so the Heart Network decided it was time to host a workshop that provides guidance on best practices for implementing those plans.
On March 17th Justin Booth from Make Communities returned to Malone to present Implementing Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans in Small Towns. The workshop was attended by twenty-three people representing six communities and two counties. Participants included members of local advisory and planning boards, highway departments, municipal staff, public works, code enforcement, and public health. The workshop highlighted the benefits of complete streets and provided an overview of how to build and maintain bike and pedestrian facilities in small communities. For more information on Booth’s presentation or resources for Complete Streets planning and implementation, please visit the Heart Network website or email Jamie Konkoski @ firstname.lastname@example.org