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.