Published in the May 20, 2016 edition

MELROSE — This June, the city of Melrose will submit its first ever “Complete Streets” policy to the Baker Administration for consideration.

What does this mean for neighborhoods and residents? Come find out on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall when city officials will present and take questions from residents on the proposed Complete Streets policy.

The purpose of the city of Melrose’s Complete Streets Policy will be to accommodate transportation infrastructure users of all ages and abilities by creating a network that meets the needs of individuals utilizing a variety of transportation modes. Such users include motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and public transportation patrons. The policy will be applied in all decision-making for both public and private infrastructure planning and construction.

Through the Complete Streets program recently established by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the city would become eligible for additional state grant funds for roadway improvements that will enhance health, safety, livability, community character and economic vitality. By incorporating Complete Streets as a guide, the city will advance its efforts to provide safety and accessibility for all users of our infrastructure. The ultimate goal of the Complete Streets policy will be to formalize the planning, design, operation and maintenance of streets so that they are safe for all users as a matter of routine.

This is residents’ chance to be heard about where the city should focus its road and transportation policies.

The Complete Streets Informational Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Aldermanic Chamber in City Hall.