Sustainable Long Island recently held a Complete Streets Focus Group Meeting, with an emphasis on health and wellness, at the Wyandanch Senior Nutrition Center on 9/30/15. Sustainable Long Island has been working in partnership with the Long Island Health Collaborative (LIHC) and the Town of Babylon Office of Downtown regarding the development of a Complete Streets Action Plan for Wyandanch and the identification of Complete Streets related projects.
Our particular focus has been on the reduction of chronic disease through an increase in walking. During the meeting, Sustainable Long Island’s Director of Programs Ann Fangmann gave an overview of the Complete Streets initiative with the LIHC and presented the Wyandanch Complete Streets Action Plan for feedback.
Participants then assembled into break-out groups and provided feedback on signage templates and walking loops, took a walking survey and provided input on other community strategies. The focus group was well attended with over 30 stakeholders from the Wyandanch community, Town, and LIHC representatives. Sustainable Long Island will be processing the feedback from the focus group and moving forward with the Town and LIHC to implement Complete Streets strategies, with a focus on health and wellness in Wyandanch moving forward.
Complete Streets are designed with everyone in mind. They allow for safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transit users, no matter the age and ability. Complete Streets integrate people and place into the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of transportation networks.