Law aims to make streets safer

ROCHESTER — New York legislators have adopted a new law that is designed to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.

The "Complete Streets" law, which was signed into law last month by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, will ensure that safe design principles are taken into account on road projects undertaken by the Department of Transportation and for local and county projects overseen by the DOT and which receive state and federal funding, according to information at

Design features may include sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, pedestrian control signalization, bus pullouts, curb cuts, raised crosswalks, ramps and traffic calming measures, according to the governor’s office. They are intended to improve joint use of roadways by all users, including pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists as well as promote a cleaner, greener transportation systems with reduced traffic congestion and the resultant air pollution.

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