Complete Streets for the Village of Massena
In early April, two experts from the National Complete Streets Coalition visited Massena to lead a day-long workshop, "Laying the Foundation for Complete Streets". The workshop was designed to help key decision makers, public agency staff and other stakeholders learn how to balance the needs of all road users more effectively and create and maintain complete streets.
Complete Streets policies help communities create road networks that are safe and inviting for everyone including pedestrians of all ages and abilities, transit users and operators, bicyclists and drivers.
"This workshop helped participants understand how Complete Streets can make our communities more livable, walkable and sustainable," said Village of Massena Mayor Tim Currier. "Our streets are one of our most valuable public assets and they shape our lives in many ways. They can be inviting, vibrant, safe places where residents in Massena feel comfortable walking and taking transit or parents feel comfortable letting their children walk and bike to school. Communities with Complete Streets also help promote physical activity and improve public health," Mayor Currier said.
The workshop was sponsored by the New York State Department of Transportation, and the Health Initiative's Creating Healthy Schools and Communities Project, which is funded by the New York State Department of Health, and the Village of Massena. For more information about Complete Streets, go to http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/.
Creating Healthy Schools and Communities continues to work with the Village of Massena to write and adopt a Complete Streets policy and plan and, in future years of the grant, will help Massena implement a traffic-calming intervention identified in the plan.