Complete Streets on Tonight’s Agenda [YES!!!!!]

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Attention City Council: Please authorize the adoption of COMPLETE STREETS for Long Beach at tonight’s City Council Meeting!!!!!

From Wikipedia:

Complete Streets is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient and comfortable travel and access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation. Complete Streets allow for safe travel by those walking, bicycling, driving automobiles, riding public transportation, or delivering goods. (wikipedia)

I am sure Complete Streets in Long Beach has nothing to do with bridge access, that’s all on Nassau County. Still, I’ve been an advocate of Complete Streets on this blog for some time now, so I am very happy to see it on tonight’s City Council agenda. Bravo to the city for even considering it! Safer streets are so important to all of us and I truly believe this is a step in the right direction. Long Beach is not like most towns on Long Island. Many people here rely on alternative forms of transportation to get around, so adapting Complete Streets is a no-brainer.

I’m refuse to rant on how motorists around here speed through stop signs without even slowing down. Nope, I am not going there. Because then all the negative attention turns to how cyclists don’t obey rules either. The bottom line is this: we all have to share the roads; they are not just for automobiles. Long Beach is a town for all: drivers, cyclists, runners, pedestrians, etc. It’s extremely important to make sure it’s accessible and safe for all. Also, for those of you who think about nothing, but money:  the legislative memo says this would open more opportunities for grants for the City. How can you argue with that?

The last thing I want to see here are comments like “we don’t need this, we need a hospital.” Well, Complete Streets will hopefully put less people in the hospital. How do you like them apples? A SAFE TOWN IS A HAPPY & HEALTHY TOWN! 

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27 thoughts on “Complete Streets on Tonight’s Agenda [YES!!!!!]”

  1. You do realize that grants come from tax payer money, right? So, yes, I’ll complain about government waste and programs that never really do any good. 🙂

    That said, what exactly do you think this will result in? Just bike lanes?

  2. narrower car lanes – ours are so freakin wide on park ave and around town. You can probably fit four car lanes on park avenue alone they are so wide. Just measure it yourself. Narrower lanes will force drivers to stare at the road and not their cell phones. Right now they have room to drift… Narrow the lanes and add a REAL bike lane. Not just stencils. We have the room and I proved it in a post from the past.

    It will also hopefully fix the double parking / deliver issues we have on park avenue. Of course, our city was designed poorly to begin with. In other words, We shouldn’t have the parking mediums on park avenue. All parking should have been behind the stores where delivers would be made too. Just look at 7th Street in Garden City, where they don’t have those issues, plus they have a more quaint, close knit downtown. I know we have to work with what we have, but I am hoping this will bring new ideas to the city.

  3. I don’t know. NY drivers already have a problem staying in their lanes. Make them narrower and it’s going to be even worse. And, I doubt making driving harder will actually make anyone pay more attention. I’m all for bike lanes, but I’m a firm believer we should keep bikers like Box off the streets! haha

    I think we’re stuck with the delivery truck issues. I do wish they would keep a cop on Park avenue by Ginos and one by East End Pizza to stop non-delivery trucks from double parking. Instead they’re going to lower speed limits to 30 and hire more cops to pull people over for speeding. Another unnecessary tax.

  4. It won’t be worse. There are so many streets around long island are much much narrower than park avenue. Park avenue is basically the worst example of a congested city throughway. The way how it is now, they might has well get rid of the lights and turn it into a park way it’s so bad. But we have pedestrians, cyclists trying to get around. We have to make it safer for them too. Right now it’s not.

    A few years ago they installed all those medians in Lido to calm traffic. It did nothing because the lanes are still wide. In fact, it’s so bad that Marvel even wants to knock down and rebuild further from the street. Something is wrong here.

  5. I saw traffic enforcement pull in front of three cars double parked eastbound on the 200 block of E Park Ave and ticket all the cars while the drivers were *in them*. They pulled over and let someone out to do some shopping while they sat in the car, too lazy to park around the corner on Monroe. They all argued about it too. It was the second best thing I saw in town last week (first being the fireworks from the temporarily opened *BOARDWALK*).

  6. They narrowed Lido Blvd at a cost of millions with one of the aims being to slow traffic. Of course nothing of the sort has occurred with cars still racing along far in excess of the 30 mph limit. The medians( not mediums) have served little purpose there. A police or traffic enforcement car that would patrol Park Ave and ticket double parked cars would help.
    But TILB. It will never happen.

  7. were the streets actually narrowed? because to me it just looks like they added medians to what was once painted off areas. Also, what they did in Lido is NOT complete streets. The Town of Hempstead are complete idiots for what they did with Lido Blvd and they are one of the only townships on Long Island who hasn’t adapted complete streets yet. Please don’t compare lido to complete streets.

  8. I’m not an expert on these things but was told by someone in authority back then that narrowing the lanes was one of the objects of the project in order to slow traffic. Also, the lanes certainly appear narrower.

  9. Safe, sensible bike lanes encourage less air pollution, less noise pollution, more parking spaces for people who need to drive, safer cycling for adults and children, better fitness, fewer accidents, increased commerce. This 19c machine is the wave of the future — let’s ride it!

  10. I was once stopped by a police officer, while I was biking on the sidewalk near E Park Ave and Riverside. I was told the sidewalks on E Park Ave, in the business district are restricted to pedestrians only. Certainly, that can’t be good for any business, especially in a beach community with a lot of individuals getting around on their bikes. I’ve been fortunate to live in Boulder, Colorado, one of the most progressive bike friendly communities in the country. While attitudes don’t change over night, Boulder, Colorado has had decades of community efforts and thoughtful planning. As far as I see it these conversations can only lead to a better community.

  11. Sidewalks are not meant for bike riding because they are intended for the safety of pedestrians. In an ideal situation there would be a bike lane between the traffic and the sidewalk. I have lived in both Davis, CA and Sacramento, CA where bike lanes have been utilized since the university opened campuses there. And Californians do love their cars, but somehow the combination of pedestrian right of way, and protected biking areas had created a calmer traffic environment.

  12. If you ARE the owner of the pink vespa (which my BF and I admire ALL THE TIME) KUDOOS to you for NOT loosing it to Sandy!! You have a very rare Vespa!

  13. Another fantasy project, what will this cost us? Bicyclists are the most reckless users of the streets in LB – every single one I see is on the phone, texting, wearing headphones, riding with someone on the handlebars, and generally disregarding all traffic laws. Narrower lanes will bring more accidents, and the more congested you make Park Street, the more traffic you force onto the residential east/west blocks as people seek to bypass it.

  14. Don’t just be negative for the sake of being negative, put in a little time and educate yourself. I know zero about community planning. I know nothing about street design. I know nothing about any of this stuff, BUT I surely know how to read.

    http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/complete-streets/complete-streets-fundamentals

    I suggest starting with the “Who We Are” section and move from there.

    “Complete Streets can help ease transportation woes. Streets that provide travel choices can give people the option to avoid traffic jams, and increase the overall capacity of the transportation network. Several smaller cities have adopted complete streets policies as one strategy to increase the overall capacity of their transportation network and reduce congestion.”

  15. EVERY SINGLE RIDER: hone, texting, wearing headphones, riding with someone on the handlebars, and generally disregarding all traffic laws – exaggerate much?

  16. I mean, there’s that blue “Share the Road” sign when you enter town from Lido. And three nights ago someone decided to make a right on red almost hitting me on my bike. I guess they thought their right on red means I should yield even though I have the green. So the effectiveness of the sign remains to be seen.

  17. But according to @Sam – since you were on a bike – you were either on the “phone, texting, wearing headphones, riding with someone on the handlebars, and generally disregarding all traffic laws” – all of the above?

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