Central Falls makes history with New England’s first Green and Complete Streets Ordinance

CENTRAL FALLS, RI – On Wednesday, January 17th Mayor James A. Diossa signed into law New England’s first Green and Complete Streets Ordinance. The bill, which was approved unanimously by the city council, will allow for a transportation system that minimizes environmental impact and creates streets that are safe for everyone, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportations.

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The bill, sponsored by Ward 1 City Councilman Jonathon Acosta, came as a collaboration between the city and numerous local organizations including Grow Smart RI, RI Department of Health, LISC, and the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition.

“I would like to thank Councilman Acosta, Grow Smart RI, RI Department of Health, and all of the local organizations who helped us pass the Green and Complete Streets Ordinance. This ordinance is a huge win for pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, public transportation, businesses, and the environment,” stated Mayor Diossa “Hopefully, Central Falls can be an example in Rhode Island and around the country. A city that fell to the bottom has officially come back and is thinking creatively, innovatively, and long term. A true model for new urbanism.”

“We applaud Mayor Diossa’s leadership in advancing this bold initiative to give all Central Falls residents and visitors more opportunities for walking, biking, economic development and improved public health. As the first ordinance of its kind in Rhode Island and New England, Mayor Diossa and the city council have positioned central falls to be a model for building stronger and healthier neighborhoods for other communities throughout Rhode Island,” said Scott Wolf, the Executive Director for Grow Smart RI.

The ordinance will go into effect July 1st, 2018. It will add to the City’s ongoing work to repave roads and sidewalks throughout Mayor Diossa’s tenure as mayor.

 

The final version of the ordinance is available here.

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