Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee to Hold Public Meeting March 14
Media Release: March 8, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Carole Collins, Director of Energy & Sustainability (413) 772-1412
“COMPLETE STREETS” – WHAT ARE THEY?
MONDAY, MARCH 14, 6:00 PM, JOHN W. OLVER TRANSIT CENTER, 12 OLIVE STREET, GREENFIELD
GREENFIELD – Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee (SGIC) will hold its first public meeting since Greenfield adopted its Master Plan in January 2014. The topic of the meeting is “Complete Streets – What are They?” The meeting will be held on Monday, March 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the First Floor Meeting Room at the John W. Olver Transit Center, 12 Olive Street, Greenfield. Attendees will learn about the importance and benefits of Complete Streets, as well as the proposed Greenfield Complete Streets Policy, which will be considered for a resolution by the Town Council this month. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to share their thoughts of important areas where transportation options could be improved in Greenfield.
“One of the Master Plan’s goals was to make Greenfield more vibrant and inclusive for everyone by offering more transportation options, while at the same time reducing downtown air pollution and making our streets more beautiful,” said Carole Collins, chair of SGIC and Greenfield’s Energy and Sustainability Director. ”This nationwide movement helps communities make streets safer and more inviting, especially for walkers, bikers, and wheelchair and public transit users, so that streets are not just for cars, but for everyone.”
Ms. Collins will talk about the benefits of Complete Streets, share examples of vibrant Complete Streets, and detail what the Policy can accomplish. Beth Giannini, Senior Transportation Planner II with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) will talk about projects where Complete Streets elements were incorporated into the design in Greenfield, and other areas that have been reviewed and Complete Streets components were identified for incorporation into future projects.
Maureen Pollock, Greenfield’s Assistant Planner, will also be in attendance with recent information about areas identified for pedestrian and bike access improvements by the Greenfield Bicycle Coalition. There will be an opportunity for attendees to submit their thoughts on future Complete Streets projects to improve transportation in Greenfield.
“Complete Streets make transportation better for a broader range of users,” said Ms. Giannini of the
FRCOG. “Thinking about transportation planning in a more holistic way ensures that the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, as well as, cars are considered. In many cases simple design elements can help to better accommodate all of the transportation users.”
Greenfield Mayor William Martin committed to implementing Complete Streets best practices when he signed Governor Baker’s new Community Compact Agreement last fall. “I chose to focus on Complete Streets out of about 15 options because we have already studied how to make our sidewalks more ADA compliant and make our streets safer for bikes, and we know there is a need for improvement,” said Mayor Martin. “An added benefit to drafting and submitting a Complete Streets Policy is that we will have a competitive edge when applying for state grants connected with transportation improvements.”
On March 16, the Town Council will consider adopting a resolution to support Greenfield’s Complete Streets Policy submitted by Mayor Martin. The Policy was developed by SGIC and the Greenfield Planning Board.
For more information about Complete Streets, residents are encouraged to attend the meeting, or learn more at the National Complete Streets Coalition website at completestreets.org. More information about the Complete Streets meeting, Sustainable Greenfield Implementation Committee or Greenfield’s Master Plan go to the Sustainable Greenfield page on the Greenfield Town web site or call Carole Collins at 772-1412.