Sustainable Long Island is proud to announce it has partnered with the Long Island Health Collaborative to carry out activities related to the development and implementation of a Complete Streets action plan as part of a New York State Health Foundation Grant.
Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Health Collaborative are coordinating and working with the Town of Babylon and Suffolk County to create an Action Plan of implementable health and wellness strategies for Complete Streets in and around Wyandanch, NY.
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations. By adopting a Complete Streets policy, communities direct their transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.
Sustainable Long Island and the Long Island Health Collaborative will utilize existing relationships with the Wyandanch Rising master developer (the Albanese Organization), the MTA, and local leaders from the Wyandanch community. We have begun developing signage to highlight existing and future assets and destinations, such as the future Long Island Music Hall of Fame, nearby Geiger Park, the LIRR station and transit connections, and the Wyandanch Business and Research Center.
We will look to capitalize on the frequency of smart phone use by incorporating Quick Response (QR) codes that link to more information on this signage, such as an app or website with information on calories burned and/or steps taken. We will also use the LIRR station as a central point for noting nearby locations in walking and biking distance.
In addition, we will tie in nearby schools (within a mile to a mile in a half radius) and school wellness policies by connecting to existing programs like the “walking school bus” route. Another main focus will be to work with the Wyandanch community to develop a 1-2 mile walking loop in Geiger Park, with a theme (example: fitness, religious, or historic based) and associated signage determined in collaboration with community stakeholders.
Moving forward we will continue to work with the Town of Babylon on a package of suggested improvements; meet with the Suffolk County Department of Public Works to discuss the potential applicability of the initiative to the area in and around Wyandanch; and meet with the Wyandanch Leadership Committee to discuss a future focus group session with Wyandanch community stakeholders to gain input on strategies, including the walking loop in Geiger Park.