County lawmakers pass “Complete Streets”; Astorino expected to sign legislation

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Drivers, you’re going to have to start sharing the road. The County Board of Legislators on Monday unanimously passed legislation aimed at making Westchester’s roadways more hospitable to cyclists, pedestrians and public transportation.

“Complete Streets,” as the legislation is known, would make it county policy to consider multi-use features whenever county-owned roads are built or renovated. Think bike lanes. (For more on the national Complete Streets movement, click here.)

County Executive Rob Astorino is expected to sign the measure soon, his office said Tuesday.

In a news release from the Board of Legislators, Pete Harckham (D-North Salem) said, “Our residents are striving to make their communities more walkable and bike friendly. This law will assist in achieving those goals.”

According to the release, studies have shown that Complete Streets designs, where applicable, can reduce infrastructure costs and improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

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