Complete Streets PROJECT
The Guilford Safe Streets Taskforce has partnered with Schmidt Design Group to produce a comprehensive report of transportation infrastructure in the town, engaging Guilford community members in envisioning solutions for greater safety and comfort for all road users.
"My thanks to all of you for enlightening me and giving a new perspective on our “travelways.” Over the course of the last few days your downtown walk and workshops helped me to see our town in a new light. I applaud all of your efforts to make Guilford a better place for all. As I did my loop around the perimeter of downtown this morning I saw the way with a really fresh view."
Safe Streets Final Report
On March 7, 2022 the Safe Streets Task Force and Schmidt Design Group presented the final version of the Safe Streets Report to the Board of Selectmen. See below for links to the presentation and report as submitted to the BOS.
Safe Streets Draft Report and Public presentation
On November 16, 2021, the Safe Streets Task Force and Schmidt Design Group presented the DRAFT Safe Streets Report to the Town of Guilford in a Public Meeting held via Zoom. See below for links to a recording of the meeting and the DRAFT report.
Click here to see the StoryMap summarizing some of the recommendations in the DRAFT Safe Streets Report. Below is the DRAFT Report (published online on November 10, 2021). To download it, hit the "pop-out" icon in the top right corner- that will open a new browser tab with multiple options.
7.23.21 - 7.24.21 Guilford Complete Streets Demonstration Project at the intersection of New England Road & Long Hill Road
Speed data pre-and post-demonstration was collected to determine the impact. The graphic below explains what was modified in the intersection, to slow traffic. If you'd like to submit comments to the Safe Streets Task Force about the project, email email@example.com.
6.11.21 - 6.12.21 Guilford Complete Streets Demonstration Projects on the Green
The Guilford Safe Streets Task Force & Complete Streets Project Team set up demonstrations on the Guilford Green on Friday & Saturday (June 11-12) to show the community what curb extensions could look like at the corner of Park Street and Broad Street - and on the crosswalk outside Town Hall - as a means of slowing traffic. We surveyed Guilford residents at the demonstration sites to determine whether you felt safer as a driver, cyclist, or pedestrian with these curb extensions in place, and whether you’d like to see something similar installed permanently. Fifty nine percent of pedestrians felt much safer with the curbs extended, 29% of bicyclists felt much safer, and 65% of motorists and bicyclists felt much more aware of pedestrians.
43 Guilford residents signed Safe Driver, Safe Bicyclist, and Safe Pedestrian Pledges of Commitment. You can too - click on a pledge and download it to fill it in and submit it!
When you submit it by email, please indicate if you'd like to receive a
"Drive Like Your Kids Live Here" lawn sign
bumper magnet, or
Guilford Safe Streets blinking light wand
Guilford Complete Streets Third Virtual Public Workshop 4.29.21
Workshop 3 Video Recording
Workshop 3 Presentation
Guilford Complete Streets Second Virtual Public Workshop 4.28.21
Guilford Complete Streets First Virtual Public Workshop 4.27.21
Workshop 1 Video Recording
Workshop 1 Presentation
Guilford Complete Streets Virtual Public Meeting 2.25.21
Question of the Month Survey RESULTS
First Mobility Question of the Month, "What mode of transportation do you most commonly use, and why?"
Second Mobility Question of the Month, "Are there parts of Guilford you would like to bike or walk to but feel unsafe doing so?"
Third Mobility Question of the Month, "If you have (a) school age child/(ren), how do they currently get to school, and are you satisfied with the mode of transportation they use?"
Fourth Mobility Question of the Month, "How satisfied are you with CT Transit bus service, Shore Line East train service, local bicycle parking, and local car and truck parking?"
Fifth Mobility Question of the Month, "What do you think would be the most efficient use of the Town's resources to deal with speeding traffic?"
What is the Complete Streets Project?
Guilford's Complete Streets project is an ongoing initiative seeking to produce a set of recommendations to improve safety on Guilford's roads. At the conclusion of a thoughtful and transparent planning process, the Town will be presented with a Complete Streets Plan to serve as a blueprint for future projects and programs that can be implemented by the community in the years to come.
How did this project begin?
In 2015 and 2016, two significant pedestrian and bicyclist projects (the Shoreline Greenway Trail and the Nut Plains Path) were brought to the Board of Selectmen, and as required by the town charter, public meetings were held for concerned residents to provide input on the proposed projects. In both cases, significant public opposition emerged, the projects were not approved, and it became clear to many Town officials that the existing process for proposing "non-motorist" transportation upgrades was not meeting the needs of the community. To address these issues, the Safe Streets Task Force was created by the BOS and convened its first meeting in June 2018.