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Westchester Legislators Approve 'Complete Streets' Policy

Westchester's "Complete Streets" policy will encourage road projects that provide means for biking, walking, or taking public transportation.
Westchester's "Complete Streets" policy will encourage road projects that provide means for biking, walking, or taking public transportation. Photo Credit: Nancy Guenther Chapman

WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously passed an act on Wednesday making it a county policy to consider multi-use features when constructing or renovating county roadways.

Multi-use features such as biking, walking, or taking public transportation instead of driving a car have increased among Westchester County residents leading to the act’s implementation.

Referred to as a “Complete Streets” policy, the new act, will make room for and encourage greater use of Westchester roadways for multi-use and help reduce congestion and pollution caused by motor vehicles.

“The ;Complete Streets' legislation brings together smart, health-conscious and environmentally-friendly solutions to lessen the traffic on our roadways,” Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), chair of the Board of Legislatiors' Government Operations Committee and lead sponsor of the bill said in a statement. “Readying our infrastructure — for today and tomorrow — should mean incorporating the best visionary ideas around to meet the changing needs of our population.”

Factors leading to the policy include a high proportion of workers commuting on foot or by bike, carpool or public transit; pedestrian injuries and fatalities on roadways; and a community interest in quality of life improvements.

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