MONTPELIER-After a two-year campaign of statewide advocacy by groups such as AARP, the Vermont Legislature passed the Complete Streets bill signed into law by Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) last month.
Complete Streets policies ensure that transportation agencies and municipalities routinely design and operate the right of ways to enable safe access for everyone on the road.
Complete Streets guidelines make community and roadway planners think about how people can access the community without a car. The design considerations are meant to apply to new roads and those being redesigned or rebuilt.
Pedestrians, cyclists and public transit users will benefit from this important change in how roads are designed and rebuilt.
Recent street and intersection surveys conducted by AARP in Brattleboro, Rutland, Burlington and St. Johnsbury revealed a host of problem areas in these communities-many of which could be addressed for little or no funds.