The City of Bristol has been selected by Smart Growth America to participate in the 2022-2023 Complete Streets Leadership Academies. Bristol is only one of nine cities in the country to be selected to participate in one of three Complete Streets Academies. Only three states have been selected through a competitive application process through the National Complete Streets Coalition. California and Tennessee are the other two states along with Connecticut that will partner with local jurisdictions to participate in their academy where they will learn about Complete Street Best practices, improve cross-jurisdictional coordination, and plan and implement “quick-build” temporary demonstration projects on state-owned property. The Connecticut cohort is comprised of the City of Bristol, the City of Middletown, and the City of Waterbury.
Bristol will be collaborating with the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) and the State of Connecticut Department of Transportation on this project which will conclude with the construction of a temporary project on a State road in order to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians. The Bristol cohort academy will engage approximately 15 City staff comprised of engineers, planners, public health practitioners, community advocates, and other related professionals who will attend the workshop sessions and help plan the demonstration project. The workshop sessions will begin in mid-December and will run until the end of June 2023 with the presentation of the final local project.
Director of Public Works, Raymond Rogozinski will be the lead for Bristol’s academy. “I see this as a great opportunity for collaboration, not only for the City of Bristol, but also for the State DOT and hopefully NVCOG who has two cities that were awarded this opportunity to participate in the Connecticut academy,” stated Ray Rogozinski.
“The City of Bristol is pleased to have been selected to participate in the 2022-2023 Complete Streets Leadership Academies and is committed to supporting Complete Streets, including the implementation of temporary demonstration projects as part of the academy,” stated Mayor Jeffrey Caggiano. “The type of technical services provided by this program to identify policy barriers and strengthen cross-jurisdictional strategies will support the State of Connecticut and local jurisdictions to implement safer streets for all.”
The Complete Streets Leadership Academies are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under cooperative agreement OT18-1802 supporting the Active People, Healthy Nation Initiative, a national initiative led by the CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. To learn more, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/activepoeplehealthynation/index.html
For more information about Bristol's participation, you may contact Director of Public Works, Raymond Rogozinski at 860-584-6125 or email@example.com.