What ARE Complete Streets? Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users. Complete Streets acknowledge the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities. Everyone has the right to be able to cross the street safely, walk to shops and/or bicycle to work or school. Since 2011, at the start of the CHP grant, strides have been made, and progress realized. We are proud of our successes to date and more advances are in the works. Read about it below.
Saugerties: Complete Streets Policies were passed by the Village of Saugerties and the Town of Saugerties Board of Trustees in January 2015. A joint Completes Streets Advisory Council was formed STAC (Saugerties Transportation Advisory Council)
Shandaken: A Complete Streets Resolution was passed in Shandaken by the Recreation Board in 2014. .
Check out the video below documenting the Ellenville Walkabout, an activity of the Wawarsing Cares about Healthy Places event, hosted by the Wawarsing Council of Agencies. CCEUC staffer Kristen Wilson, aided by Dave Gilmour devised the Walkabout, with a list of questions for the participating HS students to answer; the questions concerned conditions of the streets and sidewalks that they felt needed attention. This is valuable info for the Complete Streets efforts that the Village will pursue. The video was created by an Ellenville High School student - good job!
The Forsyth Nature Center, one of many parks in the Kingston area, has offered a safe and natural park setting since 1936. The facility hosts over 20 animal exhibits, including birds, peacocks, turtles, snakes, and llamas. To locate other parks to visit in Kingston, Ellenville, Phoenicia and Saugerties, click on button below: Parks Review
In 2014, CHP was able to help the City of Kingston Parks & Recreation Department by funding the purchase of the bike trailer (seen belowwith the wonderfully colorful graphic wrapping) that so appeals to kids and families, along with thirteen bikes and locks and fifteen bike helmets. The bicycles are used for bicycle safety education.
Parks and Rec staff maintained a busy schedule last summer visiting youth groups and camps at various parks in the City of Kingston. They instructed the kids in bike safety, and in many cases, helped kids learn how to ride the bikes. What a treat! This free bike education is a community builder, as well as a boost to physical activity, for our Kingston community. Thanks Parks & Rec!
CHP is proud of our Bike Trailer and the Bike Education programming that Parks & Rec is bringing to area youth.
For more Info on Complete Streets, read the March 2014 Issue of Good for You! below
A rail trail is the conversion of a disused railway into a multi-use path, typically for walking, cycling and sometimes horse riding. The characteristics of former tracks—flat, long, frequently running through historical areas—are appealing for various developments. The term sometimes also covers trails running alongside working railways; these are called "rails with trails". Many rail trails are long-distance trails.