WHITE PLAINS, NY -- The Westchester County Board of Legislators unanimously passed an act on Wednesday making it a county policy to consider multi-use features when constructing or renovating county roadways.
Multi-use features such as biking, walking, or taking public transportation instead of driving a car have increased among Westchester County residents leading to the act’s implementation.
Referred to as a “Complete Streets” policy, the new act, will make room for and encourage greater use of Westchester roadways for multi-use and help reduce congestion and pollution caused by motor vehicles.
“The ;Complete Streets' legislation brings together smart, health-conscious and environmentally-friendly solutions to lessen the traffic on our roadways,” Legislator Catherine Borgia (D-Ossining), chair of the Board of Legislatiors' Government Operations Committee and lead sponsor of the bill said in a statement. “Readying our infrastructure — for today and tomorrow — should mean incorporating the best visionary ideas around to meet the changing needs of our population.”
Factors leading to the policy include a high proportion of workers commuting on foot or by bike, carpool or public transit; pedestrian injuries and fatalities on roadways; and a community interest in quality of life improvements.