Suffolk Adopts First County-Wide Complete Streets Policy on Long Island

Suffolk County Legislators voted Tuesday morning to adopt Long Island’s first County-wide Complete Streets policy. | Photo: Ryan Lynch

After a vote of the Suffolk County Legislature Tuesday morning, Suffolk County has taken the lead on Long Island by adopting a Long Island’s first county-wide Complete Streets policy. The policy, co-sponsored by County Legislators Rob Calarco and Kara Hahn, requires that all roads – not just those receiving state or federal funds as is mandated by the New York State Complete Streets legislation that went into effect in February 2012 – consider the safe accommodation bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users and motorists alike. All 16 (of 18) legislators present voted in favor.

Making Suffolk County’s streets safer for all users is long overdue; analysis by TSTC has found roadways in Suffolk County are some of the most dangerous in the region.  TSTC applauds the leadership of Legislators Calarco and Hahn, as well as the entire Suffolk County Legislature, for championing more walkable, bikeable and transit-accessible communities. Suffolk has set a precedent at the County level and Tri-State encourages Nassau County to join Suffolk as well as the Long Island municipalities of Babylon, Brookhaven, Hempstead, Islip, North Hempstead and Southampton who have also passed local Complete Streets policies and resolutions.

3 Comments on "Suffolk Adopts First County-Wide Complete Streets Policy on Long Island"

  1. Josef Szende | December 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm |

    Do decisions influencing towns such as Huntington, get made at the town level or county level?

  2. Hi Joe,

    It all really depends on the jurisdiction of the roadway. There are town, county and state roads that run through Huntington so it depends. The Town of Huntington does not have a Complete Streets policy so treatments would not apply to its roadway system (unless it a project is funded by state and federal dollars) but if a county road were being worked on in Huntington then the Complete Streets requirements would apply. I hope that helps clarify. Feel free to email me if you have any further questions.


  3. Denis Byrne | December 8, 2012 at 6:34 pm |

    I think it is wonderful that the county has decided to adopt such a policy and this will help make the area much more friendly to bicycles and pedestrians in the future as roadways are rebuilt to modern standards.

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