Last month, yet another Westchester County municipality moved towards safer streets.
The Village of Dobbs Ferry passed a complete streets resolution [pdf] that will foster a safe environment for cyclists, pedestrians, and transit users. Passed with a unanimous vote, the policy comprehensively addresses all new construction, reconstruction, and road paving in the village. The village has the advantage of being nestled on the Hudson River with a stop on the Metro-North’s Hudson Line, so it is well-positioned to make meaningful links between bike, pedestrian, and transit accommodations.
In a move showing popular support for the measure, the Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee cited the passage of the complete streets policy in its recent endorsement of an incumbent village trustee, Donna Cassell, for this year’s elections. Trustee Cassell took the lead on ushering the policy through the approval process, working closely with the Southern Westchester Energy Action Consortium, which has made passage of local policies in Westchester a priority this year.
Although New York has passed a statewide complete streets law, it only applies to roadways that receive state and federal funding. Across New York, town, city, and county governments are working to close the gap in an effort to create a network of safer, more sustainable communities.