Complete streets are roadways that accommodate and encourage many different types of travel, including biking, walking, and the use of public transportation. On low-traffic streets, a complete street may consist of improved sidewalks and a shared roadway for bikes and cars; higher-traffic areas will include separated bike lanes and bus pullouts. Planned complete streets will include Lincoln Boulevard and the Pequonnock River Trail.
Complete Streets aim to increase mobility, efficiency, and sustainability. Reducing the number of cars on the road will decrease emissions from individual transportation.
Complete streets will also ensure the transformation of underutilized areas into valued outdoor green spaces by making them more accessible, encourage green business practices, reduce vehicle trips and vehicle emissions, provide city workers with a wide range of transportation options, and foster community growth.
Complete streets aim to incorporate green infrastructure such as Bio-swales and rain gardens. These types of installations increase water quality and reduce the amount of contaminated runoff flowing into public waterways, thereby reducing pollution and treatment cost.
Increased vegetative cover will help lower the City’s temperature during the summer, improve respiratory health, and alleviate excessive stormwater flow.
Permeable pavement will also be incorporated into the complete street design. Contaminated rainwater will be able to flow to the ground, instead of into the Long Island Sound.
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