Fitchburg Resource Conservation Commission forum
Fitchburg Green and Complete Streets Forum Set for April 9
The Fitchburg Resource Conservation Commission will host a forum on Green and Complete Streets on Thursday, April 9th from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Fitchburg Library in Room A/B. Bernard Lenz, Assistant City Engineer, will talk about the City of La Crosse's efforts to develop a Green Infrastructure Program through integrating green infrastructure practices into their Complete Streets process.
While a Complete Street improves health, safety, and accessibility for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users of all ages and abilities, the "green" component of La Crosse's 2012 Green Complete Streets Ordinance ensures environmental sustainability through storm water management, landscaping, and air quality improvements that are integral to the process as well.
All Complete Streets look different, but common features include sidewalks, bike lanes, raised crosswalks, bus shelters and crossings, refuge medians, wide shoulders, special bus lanes, sidewalk bulb-outs and audible pedestrian signals. A "Green" Complete Street also adds green infrastructure such as porous pavement, grass swales, bio-retention basins, trees, and vegetated boulevards and medians.
Green Complete Streets make it easier and more enjoyable to cross the street, walk to shops, or bicycle to work while cleaning the environment, and thus facilitate a healthier, active city; but making that change to a
Green Complete Street design process can be difficult. Mr. Lenz will share how La Crosse integrated green infrastructure into the Complete Street process and describe some of the lesson learned.
For more information on Complete Streets, please visit www.completestreets.org.