The National Complete Streets Coalition has just released their 2011 Complete Streets Policy Analysis and Complete Streets Policy Workbook. Almost 150 policies were adopted across the country in 2011, and according to this report, New York receives high rankings for having a large number of new local and regional Complete Streets policies.
Did you know that Essex County recently passed its own Complete Streets Policy, and the towns of Elizabethtown, Westport and Lewis have all adopted resolutions of commitment to Complete Streets? The Village of Malone in Northern Franklin County is also considering policy adoption. In doing so, these communities are recognizing the importance of creating better opportunities for pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities – whether it be for transportation, recreation, tourism, or increasing physical activity. Nationally about 20% of Complete Streets policies are adopted by small towns and rural areas, and North Country communities are clearly leaders in this ever growing movement.
To learn more about Complete Streets policies be sure to check out both of these excellent resources. To learn more about the Complete Streets movement in the North Country, explore the Physical Activity Section of our website or contact us directly at 518-897-5982.