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Orange County Transportation Council

Complete Streets            

Vision

Orange County will develop and maintain a safe and accessible transportation network that provides alternative options for all users, coordinates adjacent land uses and promotes a more livable community for people of all ages and abilities. The transportation network will improve public health and safety, while encouraging economic activity, community character, livability, and equity in order to enhance the quality of life for Orange County residents and visitors over the long-term.

Orange County Complete Streets Policy

It is the intent of this policy to promote a safe and accessible transportation network that balances the needs of all users, including: pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit users, motorists, emergency vehicles, freight carriers, and agricultural vehicles. This policy promotes and enhances public health and safety, while encouraging economic activity, community character, livability, and equity for people of all ages, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds, including children, families, aging populations and individuals with disabilities.

The benefits of Complete Streets include: better access to safe streets for all, increased opportunities for active transportation, improved individual health, improvements to overall air quality, promotion of equal opportunities, and decreased accidents throughout the County.

View the full policy here.

Please visit www.ny.gov to see a list of other New York State municipalities and counties that have passed Complete Streets policies.

What is a Complete Street?

A Complete Street:

  • Is a street designed to serve all users and modes
  • Is part of a connected and integrated transportation network
  • Applies to all roadways, projects, and phases (when appropriate)
  • Considers context sensitive approaches and best practice design criteria

Each complete street is unique, but elements may include:

  • sidewalks
  • bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders)
  • bus lanes
  • accessible transit stops
  • frequent crossing opportunities
  • median islands
  • accessible pedestrian signals
  • bump outs (curb extensions)

View the full summary sheet here.


Additional Information on Complete Streets.