Binghamton transportation study committee receives national recognition

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The committee in charge of looking out for pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists has received recognition for its inclusion of all types of transportation in our community.

Now, BMTS is being honored by the National Complete Streets Coalition at Smart Growth America.

BMTS's execution of Complete Streets Policy was ranked in the top 5 among similar policies adopted nationwide in 2016.

A Complete Street is a street that is redesigned to meet the needs of all users such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

For example, BMTS assisted the City of Binghamton when it redesigned Chenango Street.

The 4-lane street was converted to 2 lanes, with a center turning lane, which made room for an expanded bike lane on State Street.

BMTS Senior Transportation Planner Scott Reigle says it is important to remember that everybody is a pedestrian at one point or another.

"It's a recognition, definitely. We're very pleased with it and it's good encouragement for us. I think it's some accountability for us to make sure we're implementing that policy and making the best impact for the transportation system in the Binghamton region," said Reigle.

BMTS requires municipalities to fill out a Complete Streets checklist.

BMTS also coordinates its efforts with other public agencies like the Broome County Department of Health.

Broome County Health Department Deputy Director Mary McFadden says BMTS plays a critical role in making Binghamton's streets a safer environment.

"Our best partners are our nontraditional partners. I mean, these are people that can really impact public health in ways that public health can't. So we really rely on these public health partners to extend our reach and our capacity," said McFadden.

BMTS's region includes Binghamton, Johnson City and Endicott as well the surrounding areas stretching from Owego to Kirkwood.


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