In the 2016 Complete Streets Policy ranking conducted by Smart Growth America, Hartford was among the top 23% of communities that received a score of 90 (out of 100) or higher. (Scoring metrics here.) Congrats to all who were involved in ensuring the safety of all in Hartford.
If you don’t know what Complete Streets are, they are streets 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 and safer 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. (See SmartGrowthAmerica.org.)
In 2016, Mayor Bronin worked with members of the Court of Common Council, as well as the Complete Streets Task Force to pass the Complete Streets Ordinance. The Climate Stewardship Council formally endorsed this effort. The ordinance requires city departments to make design and maintenance decisions in accordance with the Complete Streets principles, develop a Complete Streets Plan, and better coordinate with utility companies and others who do work on city streets.
“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.”
[Photo courtesy BiCi Co.]