Municipalities adopt Complete Streets policies

Post Date:08/15/2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2014

Contact: Debra Quackenbush

815-334-4456; cell 815-236-3238

Woodstock Ill. – In order to ensure that local transportation projects meet the needs of all community members, the City of Woodstock and the Villages of Algonquin and Lakemoor have adopted Complete Streets policies, which will establish a long-term vision for safe and accessible streets. This project is the result of the partnership with McHenry County Department of Health, as part of the Illinois Department of Public Health’s ongoing We Choose Health Initiative, which is made possible by funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By providing better options for walking, biking and public transit, while also improving the experience of people who drive, the Complete Streets policies will actively address growing concerns around traffic safety and congestion, pollution, high gas prices and rising obesity rates.

“Whether you are eight years old or eighty, you should be able to get around our community safely by driving, transit, biking and walking – especially as it supports healthy lifestyles and accessing healthcare services,” said Joseph Gugle, Interim Public Health Administrator for McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH).  “By adopting this policy, these municipalities show commitment to McHenry County residents to ensure access and safety for all road users. Implementing the policy is a long term process; it will benefit all our residents for generations to come.”

Designing streets that encourage walking and biking is an effective strategy for keeping youth active and helping older adults to age in place. In addition, Complete Streets policies will result in projects that improve property values, boost local business and allow families and individuals to save on transportation costs.

The Complete Streets project also received assistance from Active Transportation Alliance of Chicago (www.activetrans.org) and Chicago Metropolitan Agency on Planning (http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/). For more information about Complete Streets, contact MCDH’s Rachel Mintle at 815-334-4510.