(The photo is some image on Google. It has nothing to do with Long Beach)
Attention City Council: Please authorize the adoption of COMPLETE STREETS for Long Beach at tonight’s City Council Meeting!!!!!
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)
- Here is my article on placing REAL bike lanes on Park Avenue: (April 2012) Are Bike Lanes on Park Avenue even possible?
- Another older article on bike lanes in Long Beach: (July 2011) Bike Lanes by the Sea
- How about a safer way over the Michael Valente Bridge, giving more options for Island Park folks to bike over and spend more money and time here: (July 2011) A bike-laned bridge over troubled parking
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!