West Hartford Complete Streets Policy
On May 12 at 7:30 p.m., the West Hartford Town Council will vote on a Complete Streets Policy drafted by Town staff at the Council’s direction. As stated in the policy, “Complete Streets are Right-of-Ways that are planned, designed, constructed, operated and maintained in such a way as to enable safe, comfortable and convenient access along and across the Right-of-Way by users of all ages and abilities, including but not limited to, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorists, emergency, freight and commercial vehicle operators.” Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops and bicycle to work. (see more about Complete Streets at www.smartgrowthamerica.org) Complete streets policies have been used successfully in many communities around the country, where consideration of complete streets with every transportation project has led to improving conditions for walkers and cyclists in a very cost effective way.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee has provided input to the policy and is strongly in favor of it. The committee believes that implementation of the policy will, over time, result in safer streets for all users, whether 8 or 80. Streets that are designed for people who drive, walk, bike and use busses allow everyone to safely and comfortably use these public spaces. Often, vehicle speeds are reduced without additional police enforcement or lowering the speed limit.
If you support safer streets for people who drive, bike and walk and would like the Town Council to adopt a Complete Streets policy, please speak in favor of the policy at the Town Council meeting at 7:30 pm, May 12 in Room 314. If you cannot attend but would like to show your support, please email Council members to let them know. You can reach them at Mayor@westhartford.gov; email@example.com; DeniseBHall@comcast.net; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; LSDavidoff@sbcglobal.net; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.