Complete Streets and Active Transportation in St. Lawrence County

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COMPLETE STREETS COMPLETE COMMUNITIES

 


MARCH 2013

NEWS RELEASE from the St. Lawrence Health Initiative

For Immediate Release

March 9, 2013 

Contact: Tracy Moody, (315) 261-4760 ext. 228, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Funding Awarded to

 “COMPLETING THE STREETS” TO SUPPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

 

The Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play Coordinator Tracy Moody announced today that the Health Initiative has awarded $17,000 to develop Complete Streets plans in two St. Lawrence County municipalities.  The Creating Health Places to Live, Work and Play - Completing the Streets project, funded by the New York State Department of Health, provides an essential resource to St. Lawrence County’s rural communities. “As communities are making difficult choices, today’s announcement represents an important investment in local health and safety programs, helping preserve St. Lawrence County’s quality of life.”, said Mrs. Moody.

The City of Ogdensburg and the Town of Colton received a total of $7,000 in March 2013 to purchase materials needed to make these communities streetscapes safer places for all modes of travel, whether it be by car, foot, wheelchair or bicycle. The communities are also slated to receive another $10,000 in funding during 2013 to further support physical activity in their communities. Colton and Ogdensburg agree, in exchange for funding, to enact a Complete Streets policy within the next 12 months and implement at least one traffic calming strategy to support their new policy. Traffic calming strategies will be in the form of new crosswalks at key community locations, traffic calming signage and, in some instances, sidewalks to make walking easier and safer to key community gathering places.

To get more information or ask questions, contact Tracy Moody, at (315) 261-4760, ext. 228 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may also go to the Creating Healthy Places program page on www.gethealthyslc.org for more information about the “Completing the Streets” grants. 

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JANUARY 2013

 

Please stay tuned, announcements of the Completing the Streets Grants will happen on February 8, 2013!

 

DECEMBER 2012

NEWS RELEASE from the St. Lawrence Health Initiative

 

December 18, 2012

Contact: Tracy Moody, (315) 261-4760 ext. 228, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Funding Available to

“COMPLETING THE STREETS” TO SUPPORT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

In recent years, Americans have become less physically active, which plays a role in most chronic diseases including heart disease and diabetes and contributes to at least 300,000 deaths annually. While there are many factors contributing to inactivity, community leaders can take measures to make their neighborhoods more conducive to physical activity.  Government officials can pass local ordinances that incorporate Complete Streets, streets and infrastructure designed for more than just vehicles, and implement simple traffic calming strategies to make community streets and roadways safe and accessible for all.

The Health Initiative and the Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play project will be awarding a maximum of $15,000 for “Completing the Streets” for active living. Funding is available for two St. Lawrence County municipalities in the amount of $7,500 each. These funds can be used to aid in Complete Streets policy development and traffic calming strategy implementation.

To get more information or ask questions contact Creating Healthy Places Coordinator, Tracy Moody, at (315) 261-4760, ext. 228 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Deadline for receipt of applications is 4pm, January 25, 2013; with grants being awarded by February 8, 2013. 

 

**APPLICATION DOCUMENTS**

Completing The Streets Application - MS Word 2010 fillable form

Completing the Streets Budget Worksheet - MS Excel 2010

Completing the Streets Application & Worksheet - Fillable PDF

The above listed documents may also be found at the bottom of this page.


 

 

 

 


 

AUGUST 2012

In August 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 6 in 10 people walk for transportation, fun, relaxation, exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog. However, fewer than half of all adults get the recommended 150 minutes a week of physical activity, due in part to the lack of convenient and safe places to walk.

Today’s highway systems were designed to move people and goods quickly, but intersections are a major point of conflict for all road users and are frequent sites of injuries and fatalities. The Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research states, 22 pedestrian/motor vehicle accidents occurred in St. Lawrence County during 2010; 86% of those accidents resulted in injuries and one was a fatality.

Effective ways to create a safe environment for all users is the use of the four “Es” of highway safety; engineering, education, enforcement and emergency response.

In July, the Potsdam Police Department announced enforcement of village crosswalks. Their campaign objective - heighten driver awareness of their surroundings, including intersections and pedestrians.

To encourage children to walk and bike and do it safely, the New York State Department of Transportation developed the Street Smart Safety Zones education program. The DOT advises walkers to

  1. Walk on a sidewalk, if available
  2. No sidewalk?
    • Walk as far off the pavement as possible and
    • Face traffic
  3. Be alert and aware of your surroundings
  4. Use pedestrian crossings
  5. Be visible - wear bright colors and reflective materials, especially at night

 

Local officials can address roadway engineering by enacting Complete Streets policies. These policies ideally set a vision, apply to everyone traveling along the road, and develop a complete and balanced transportation network through the use of tailored design criteria and planning goals that create a livable, strong, neighborhood.

The St. Lawrence Health Initiative’s Creating Healthy Places to Live, Work and Play project, funded by the New York State Department of Health can assist St Lawrence County communities with developing Complete Streets policies, starting active transportation advisory groups and implementing modest traffic calming strategies.

Tracy Moody

Creating Healthy Places Coordinator

St. Lawrence Health Initiative

(315) 261-4760 ext. 228

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