This past June, AARP partnered with Tri-State and Vision Long Island to bring internationally-renowned traffic safety expert Dan Burden from the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute (WALC) to the notoriously dangerous Sunrise Highway. His visit included a series of walking tours through the communities of Valley Stream, Baldwin and Freeport. AARP is hosting a follow-up community meeting this Thursday to discuss the recommendations that WALC has generated and next steps for ensuring that Sunrise Highway is safe for all users.
The New York State Department of Transportation is in the process of developing a $3.8 million pedestrian safety plan for this corridor, but unfortunately the agency has not reached out to local communities for input into the plan. This community meeting is an opportunity to organize thoughts and efforts moving forward with the intention of influencing NYSDOT’s planning.