The City of Rye became the 6th Westchester municpality to pass a Complete Streets Policy on October 28.  The policy is intended to promote the design of roads and streets  that balance the needs of all users  while incorporating community values such as environmental stewardship; scenic, aesthetic, historic and natural resource preservation; safety; security; mobility and individual freedom.

The policy applies to all roadway projects, including those involving new construction, reconstruction, repaving, or changes in the allocation of pavement space on an existing roadway and instructs planners to seek to enhance the safety, access, convenience and comfort of all users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, people requiring mobility aids, bicyclists, transit users and motorists.

In addition to design elements such as bike lanes, the policy promotes other treatments that can be  used to make streets more complete including  sidewalks, frequent and safe street crossings, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, and roundabouts.

Community investments in complete streets make good economic sense – as today’s home buyers are seeking walkable, more urban like communities where cars can be optional.   To learn more about Complete Streets see our Complete Streets section. To learn how you can become an advocate for Complete Streets in your community, visit our Take Action section.