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Hempstead Town Notebook: 'Complete Streets' Policy [POLL]

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Town of Hempstead Adopts 'Complete Streets' Policy

At the urging of Wantagh resident Sandi Vega and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, the Hempstead Town Board voted Tuesday to adopt a comprehensive “Complete Streets” policy aimed at developing safe roadways viable for all utilize them including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, children and senior citizens.

The policy mandates that all new road projects on streets controlled by the Town of Hempstead take into account all methods of travel.

According to the town, studies have shown that when streets are designed to incorporate multiple modes of transportation, more people will start walking, bicycling or taking mass transit. Not only does this reduce the number of vehicles on the road, it cuts down on pollution and helps promote a more planet-friendly environment.

Under this new policy, the Town of Hempstead would require that all new road design and construction be undertaken with this "complete streets" concept in mind. Such developments would allow for the accommodation of pedestrians, bicycles and mass transit.

The policy comes just one week after the death of 16-year-old Levittown student Anthony D'Alessandro, who was struck and killed by a car driving westbound along Hempstead Turnpike April 4 while attempting to cross the street.

D'Alessandro's death was the second teen death along Hempstead Turnpike in as many years. Last June, 19-year-old Peter Thearle while crossing Hempstead Turnpike at Gardiners Avenue. 

Vega's 14-year old daughter Brittany  on Sept. 22, 2010, when she was struck by a Toyota Camry crossing Sunrise Highway at the intersection of Wantagh Avenue.

Frank Melaccio April 16, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Mary Ellen, you are absolutely right. The street structure in Nassau County, especially in the TOH, is virtually the same as when I was born. With the signicant increase in population and traffic, something needs to be done to incorporate pedestrian safety and smart travel. NYC has done an excellent job with many of their problematic roadways. It is time the suburbs catch up. I only wish NYS would step in to remake Sunrise Highway. It is an unsafe roadway and it is long overdue that NYS spend some of our tax dollars down here instead of upstate.
Mom of 3 April 16, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Mac I agree with you 100%. The unfortunate deaths on Hempstead Tpke were in many cases due to pedestrians not crossing at the corner and obeying traffic signals. When I was a kid we were taught to "cross at the green and not in between". Why would anyone try to cross a dangerous road without the aid of traffic signals? In addition,they need to increase the amount of time alotted to cross the street.
Lloyd April 18, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Sounds like a wadte of taxpsyrrs money for some useless, unnecessary, Utopian project. Its another attempt to inconvenience and punish the motorist and turn this country into a bunch of bicyclists and walkers, like Communist China. Us drivers are not all bad guys. Nearly all of us obey the traffic laws and drive safely. Can we say that all pedestrians and bicyclists aldo obey the rules of the road and dont drink, use drugs, chat on cellphones, or dart across the street against the traffic light? I just dont trust TriState, that self serving interest group which is out there to push an agenda that runs contrary to everything thats worked well for years. If we ALL obey the rules of the road, we wouldnt have to spend millions to reconfigure them just due to the actions of a few jerks. No matter how hard this Tri State group pushes their Complete Streets plans, its only safe for those who use common sense and follow the rules of the road
An tUasal Airgead April 18, 2012 at 01:24 PM
SO, ... you think a self-serving interest group is pushing an agenda, to turn our roads into a Utopian project for Communists? WOW?!?! This is a perfect example of why drinking early in the morning is not good for you, especially if your tin foil hat is on too tight! You have to either give up drinking, and/or watching Fox news. The two together are obviously too much for one person. It's for the best! - By the way, Complete Streets does not call for "spending millions to RECONFIGURE" streets. All it does, is require that all NEW road design and construction be undertaken with this "complete streets" concept in mind, as stated in the article above, that you seem to have a problem comprehending.
Concerned taxpayer April 18, 2012 at 04:06 PM
That's quite a leap there, fella. I disagree with thier carless view but difference of opinion is what makes the world go 'round.

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