Kingston's Complete Streets Advisory Council was established by a Resolution passed by the Common Council in November 2010. This eleven-member Council aims to serve as a resource to the City for active transportation and vital streets. Our purpose is to explore the City's potential to adopt Complete Streets practices and to promote better access for all traffic (pedestrian, bicycle, transit, people with disabilities, and vehicles) in the City of Kingston.
Complete Streets in Kingston – Keys to Implementation
Let’s Move Forward
-A professional development and capacity building workshop for individuals interested in the implementation of Complete Streets in Kingston, NY
Tuesday October 29th, 2013
Thanks to everyone who attended! You can find the workshop materials attached here:
Click this LINK to register!
A Workshop in Two Sessions
You can register to attend one part or the other or both!
Session 1 (3-5 pm): Workshop participants will take part in a walk to observe street design issues between the Kingston Plaza and the surrounding streets (Westbook Lane, Clinton Ave. Schwenck Drive, Washington Ave., Fair St. and North Front St.). Participants will also observe the locations of the rail line that passes through the Kingston Plaza, which may become part of the Kingston Greenline. During the walk, participants will identify key barriers to walking, biking, and public transit in the case study area.
Session 2 (6-8 pm): During this session, participants will explore and discuss potential solutions to the observed barriers in session 1. Through this discussion, participants will learn principles of effective Complete Streets implementation and tips for moving the City and community forward on desired projects. A discussion about strategies for funding Complete Streets projects will be part of this session. (You do not need to attend Session 1 to get value out of Session 2, and we encourage people to attend even if you couldn’t make Session 1!)
Who Should Attend:Planning Board Members, City Council Members and Leaders, Staff of Planning, Engineering, Economic Development, Community Development, and Public Works Departments, Pedestrian and Bicycle Advocates, Complete Streets Advisory Council Members, Representatives of Local Businesses and Business Associations, Concerned Citizens
When: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013, 3-5 pm and 6-8 pm
Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County, Main Conference Room, 232 Plaza Rd., Kingston, NY, 12401 (in the Kingston Plaza across from Herzog)
Cost and Registration: The cost is FREE. Please visit this LINK to register.
Your Facilitator: Jeff is a principal with Alta Planning + Design, a national firm that specializes in transportation, recreation and innovation. He is an architect and planner who has been involved in greenways, open space, active living and alternative transportation projects for more than 20 years. He has had a diverse career with experience in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. His unique vision and leadership ability are important assets to projects ranging from regional planning to site specific projects and programs. He is an avid bicyclist and skier who has the perspective of a parent with three young children.
To learn more about Jeff click HERE.
Definition of Complete Streets
Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are 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 to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work. They allow for convenient public transit and make it safe for people to walk to and from key locations in their community.
Recent improvements to Abeel Street in Kingston
Come join us for an evening bike ride through town with dinner along the way! Here's the direct link to sign up!
Learn About Sidewalk and Tree Root Conflicts and Solutions on June 20th in Kingston
Kingston, NY– Calling all homeowners and municipalities! Have you noticed that our sidewalk infrastructure in many places in the Hudson Valley has deteriorated? Fixing sidewalks that have been uprooted by tree roots can require knowledge or skill that we may not have, or it can be costly. Would you like to learn about best practices to fix your sidewalks?
Come to the “Watch Your Step: Sidewalk and Tree Root Conflict and Solutions” workshop on Thursday, June 20 at 2:00pm in the Common Council Chambers of Kingston City Hall at 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY. The workshop will begin inside at City Hall, participants will then have the option to walk with presenters to observe sidewalk/root interaction or drive to a demonstration site on West Chester St. Once at the demonstration site, a crew will repair bluestone that has been uplifted by tree roots. The workshop will end with a free barbeque for program participants provided by the Bruderhof.
Last year members of the Bike-Friendly Kingston group developed a sharrow proposal for the City of Kingston, complete with a map created by a surveyor in the group. The group wanted to start with a small win for bicyclists in the City of Kingston. The Complete Streets Advisory Council (CSAC) considered the
proposal, and decided to present it to the Mayor. In December of 2012, members of the CSAC presented the sharrow proposal to Mayor Gallo. He viewed it favorably, and he could imagine all sort of connections through the city that sharrows could make on roads where a bike lane may not fit. He planned to check with DPW on the cost and the availability of paint to start with our small request. Stay tuned as the CSAC will be getting back to the Mayor soon to find out the next steps. You can check out the full sharrow proposal below.
You can also check out reports form California about sharrows to learn more about them and their benefits to both cyclists and drivers.