MAYOR BRONIN THANKS MEMBERS OF THE COMMON COUNCIL AND MEMBERS OF THE COMPLETE STREETS WORKING GROUP FOR WORKING WITH HIM TO PASS THE COMPLETE STREETS ORDINANCE
HARTFORD, CONN. (SEPTEMBER 28, 2016) — Today, Mayor Bronin thanks members of the Court of Common Council and members of the Complete Streets Working Group for working with him on the Complete Streets Ordinance that passed on September 12, 2016.
Complete Streets are streets designed, operated, and maintained to ensure safe travel for users of all ages and abilities, whether they are walking, bicycling, driving, or taking transit. The Hartford ordinance requires City departments to work toward creating a Complete Streets network in Hartford by making design and maintenance decisions on all rights of way in accordance with Complete Streets principles, developing a Complete Streets Plan, and better coordinating with utility companies and others who do work on City streets.
The ordinance also enhances and expands upon the Complete Streets principles already enshrined in Hartford’s award-winning new zoning code and requires the City to designate a Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator who oversees these efforts.
“This ordinance positions Hartford as a leader in its efforts to create a healthier, more walkable city in which to live, work, and play,” said Mayor Bronin. “I’m grateful to the members of the Complete Streets Working Group, who worked for many months to design a thoughtful and progressive set of policies, and grateful also to the City Council for their partnership in this effort. We want Hartford’s streets to be safe and accessible for all users, whether they’re in a car, on a bike, or on foot.”
According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, Hartford joins the ranks of Stamford (CT) and just 30 other American cities with over 100,000 persons – including Austin, Seattle, San Francisco, and Philadelphia – to adopt a Complete Streets ordinance. Many other cities have adopted non-binding resolutions, policies, executive orders, or design plans.
Common Council Member Julio A. Concepción applauded the initiative, saying, "City Council is excited to support the City’s new Complete Streets Ordinance. Not only will a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly Hartford provide safer streets for residents and visitors, but it should better connect our neighborhoods and lead to a more vibrant and economically thriving Capital City."
Hartford’s Complete Streets Policy was initially drafted by the Complete Streets Working Group, now chaired by City of Hartford Principal Planner Sandra Fry, who also serves as the City’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator under the new ordinance. Other members of the working group have included representatives of the Capitol Region Council of Governments, Travelers, the Greater Hartford Transit District, Hartford Public Schools, the iQuilt Plan, Bike Walk CT, the East Coast Greenway, the BiCi Co. program of the Center for Latino Progress, various City departments, various City Council members’ staff, and many other private and nonprofit entities.
"The Complete Streets policy, in combination with the recently updated zoning regulations, moves our city forward in designing for healthy, active transportation and transit,” said Tony Cherolis, the coordinator of the BiCi Co. program and a member of the Complete Streets Working Group. "Our residents — including those who already use active transportation and those with limited household budgets — will benefit from safer and more convenient mobility."
The principles of the Complete Streets policy include:
• Making the public right of way safer and more inviting for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, and those taking transit or driving, by reducing the frequency and severity of vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian-related crashes and by designing and managing streets to encourage travel at appropriate volumes and safe speeds that will achieve, to the extent possible, “Vision Zero” principles to eliminate traffic-related fatalities
• Improving and enhancing the health, wellness, and physical fitness of the city’s residents by providing more safe, convenient and accessible opportunities for bicycling and walking
• Improving the city’s quality of life and local economy by providing a high-quality, multi-modal transportation network that connects neighborhoods to places of employment, shopping, entertainment, social gathering, outdoor seating, historic assets, off-road pathways (such as those in public parks), and recreational opportunities
To view more information that Mayor Bronin submitted to the Court of Common Council, click here.