The 2017 New Jersey Complete Streets Summit is rapidly approaching and this year’s biennial event will bring together more than 300 attendees including today’s leaders in active transportation. The day-long conference will include informative break-out sessions providing both policy and implementation strategies to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety while addressing cross-cutting issues including health, equity, community development, and much more.
Below you may find information regarding the keynote speaker, program, and registration. See you on October 24th!
Keynote: Tony Garcia, Street Plans
Tony Garcia is a Principal of Street Plans Collaborative, and leads the firm’s Miami office. Garcia is a nationally recognized architect, writer, speaker and advocate in the in the field of transit, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. With a portfolio of tactical urban projects across the countyr, Garcia’s active transportation knowledge will leave attendees inspired to continue developing safe and healthy communities throughout New Jersey. For more information on Garcia’s previous key notes and projects visit Street Plans here.
Session 1: Showcase of Complete Streets
Complete Streets addresses a cross-section of issues and as such has enjoyed increasing popularity throughout the state and country. Hear from experts as they discuss cutting edge developments in Complete Streets as it intersects with Vision Zero, green streets, health and equity.
Session 2A: Complete Streets 101
We have seen the great opportunities a commitment to Complete Streets offers, but these achievements could not have occurred without a number of foundational achievements. This session will cover the basics of Complete Streets including issues related to liability, opportunities with Sustainable Jersey, passing exceptional policies, and quick fixes to build momentum around Complete Streets’ achievable goals.
Session 2B: Getting Beyond the Policy with Funding and Advocates
Transforming Complete Streets policies into actionable, concrete infrastructure improvements requires coordination between a number of moving pieces. This session will discuss some of the keys to successful implementation including securing funding, working with elected officials, and employing a Complete Streets Checklist to make Complete Streets simply a part of the routine.
Session 3A: Building Grassroots Support through Events
Grassroots support can greatly benefit Complete Streets projects and policies by spreading enthusiasm and curbing unnecessary and destructive NIMBYism. In this session panelists will a variety of fun events that encourage such support including walk to school days, open streets, and bicycle rodeos.
Session 3B: Complete Streets Design Guide in Action
This session will delve into the recently released “Complete Streets Design Guide” and will highlight the guidelines’ utility across multiple levels. Complete Streets successes that align with the guide will be discussed at the municipal, county and regional level.