A Vision for Active Transportation
The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) is beginning work on a comprehensive, region wide Naugatuck Valley Active Transportation Plan (NVATP) that will aim to coordinate efforts across our 19 municipal members.
By compiling best practices and standards, NVCOG aims to encourage increased access to safe, convenient walking/rolling and biking facilities.
Building a More Inclusive Built Environment
The NVCOG supports the growth of our region in an environmentally and economically sustainable way and aims to create a built environment that is welcoming and functional for people of all ages and abilities. Improving active transportation facilities provides additional options to those who cannot use a motor vehicle while also encouraging physical activity and healthier lifestyles for residents.
Aligning with Connecticut’s Momentum: Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety
The Naugatuck Valley Active Transportation Plan (NVATP) is being prepared at a time when the State of Connecticut has increasing momentum on pedestrian and bicyclist safety and seeks to build on that progress. In the Connecticut 2021 legislative Session, several key changes occurred that prove relevant to this plan, including the creation of a statewide Vision Zero Council and many changes to the State’s pedestrian and bicyclist protection laws. This momentum continued into 2023, as the Connecticut General Assembly passed a comprehensive traffic safety bill, implementing several recommendations of the Vision Zero Council.
Previously, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) established the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board whose main purpose is to ensure that the needs of non-motorized users are considered in a statewide context. CTDOT has also previously prepared a statewide active transportation plan, originally released in 2015 and most recently updated in 2019. A complete streets policy was adopted in 2014. In 2023, the CTDOT expanded this policy, releasing new Complete Streets design criteria that is to be incorporated into all transportation projects.
Achieving Roadway Safety Goals
In 2022, the NVCOG Board endorsed CTDOT’s Complete Streets Policy, formally recognizing Complete Streets as a design and policy priority for all projects in the region. NVCOG plans to develop a regional Complete Streets Plan, which will include a more specific regional policy. Implementing Complete Streets at a regional level will be crucial in helping NVCOG achieve our Vision Zero goal of eliminating all roadway related fatalities and serious injuries by 2050.