Building upon a toolkit developed in tandem with the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, in collaboration with Vision Long Island, has created a "Complete Streets in a Box" toolkit to support the adoption and implementation of complete streets policies by Long Island municipalities. In February 2012, New York State's new Complete Streets Law went into effect and now all transportation projects that receive state and federal funding must consider using complete streets design features. The adoption of local complete streets policies on Long Island helped serve as a catalyst for passage of a state law. However, many communities have yet to adopt their own policies. Given the language of the state law that allows for exemptions for projects that are solely locally funded, it is important that more local communities consider adopting local policies that further encourage the development of a connected complete streets network in our region.
Why do complete streets matter? Complete streets are safe, comfortable, and convenient for travel for everyone, regardless of age or ability—motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation riders. With simple changes to the way we design and build our roads, we can ensure that everyone is safer, no matter where they're going or how they're getting there.