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2019 New Jersey Complete Streets Summit

Held on September 24, 2019, at Rutgers – New Brunswick, the 5th biennial New Jersey Complete Streets Summit welcomed over 300 engineers, planners, health professionals, advocates, youth organizers, elected officials, and many more. The Summit served several purposes. It celebrated efforts by governments at all levels to improve the safety and attractiveness of our public roads. It provided a wealth of information about incorporating equity into Complete Streets, developing a Complete Streets Policy, increasing safety, and planning for the future of mobility and micromobility.

Please see the resources provided below,which include presentations, videos of Excellence Awardees, and photos from the the Summit. Feel free to share these materials to help advance Complete Streets in your community.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success! We look forward to seeing you again in two years.



2019 Session Presentations

Welcome & Opening Remarks - 9:00 - 9:20 AM

  • Charles T. Brown, MPA, VTC
  • Michael Russo, Assistant Commissioner, NJDOT, Office of Planning, Multimodal and Grants Administration
  • Vinn White, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Governor

Morning Keynote Address - 9:20 - 10:05 AM

  • Harriet Tregoning, Director, NUMO, Washington, DC (Presentation)

How will technological, climate, social, and economic disruptors reshape cities and towns in the next couple of decades? Why is mobility in particular about to change more than it has since the invention of the automobile? How do places thrive in the face of dynamic and fast-paced change? Hear from Harriet Tregoning, NUMO (New Urban Mobility Alliance) Director, about how we can anticipate the changes that are coming and help our communities manage these enormous transitions to be better, not worse places to live, work, play, and raise a family.

Session 1: NJDOT Model Complete & Green Streets Policy and Guide - 10:15 - 11:45 AM


Hear from experts as they discuss this one-stop resource for developing effective Complete Streets policies that address safety, equity, health, green streets, and economic vitality. Whether you are starting from scratch or looking to update an existing policy, this session will introduce you to various tools and resources, as well as an unprecedented model policy and model checklists.

  • Moderator: Janna Chernetz, Esq., Tri-State Transportation Campaign, NYC
  • Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP, NJDOT
  • Kandyce Perry, New Jersey Future
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, VTC
  • Courtney Nelson, Community Health American Heart Association | American Stroke Association
  • Jef Buehler, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs

Afternoon Keynote Address - 1:00 - 1:45 PM

  • Ryan Russo, Director of Transportation, Oakland Department of Transportation (Presentation)

Proud and diverse, Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area is facing dramatic challenges of housing affordability, homelessness, displacement, and extreme inequity. The Oakland Department of Transportation (OakDOT) has quickly become a national model for incorporating equity into transportation planning, policy, programs, and operations. In this keynote address, hear from Ryan Russo, OakDOT’s first permanent director, on how the department is working to center racial equity in every organizational aspect. Ryan will cover how long neglected communities are now being more authentically engaged to collaborate with government.

Session 2A: Don’t Burn Out or Give Up! Build Your Complete Streets Team - 1:45 - 2:45 PM


Effective Complete Streets programs require more than just passing a policy. In many cases, it requires a team approach. In this panel, three local champions offer strategies for building effective complete streets teams. If you’ve ever felt frustrated over your town’s level of Complete Streets implementation or feel like you are carrying the weight of a project by yourself, come to this panel for the information and inspiration you need to keep going!

  • Moderator: Kandyce Perry, New Jersey Future
  • Matthew Broad, Trenton Health Team
  • Michael Manzella, PP/AICP, City of Asbury Park
  • Roz Moskowitz Bielski, Pleasant Valley Civic Association

Session 2B: Future Mobility - 1:45 - 2:45 PM


We will start with an exploration of the current state of micromobility, such as bikes and scooters. This includes the different business models from Spin’s relationship with Ford to Gotcha’s growth model and everything in between. Using Hoboken, Jersey City, Asbury Park (and some of NYC), we will explore how cities should move forward (and will propose a multi-city, multi-modal, and multi-vendor RFEI for 2020).

  • Co-Moderators: Tom Glendening, E3Think, and Russell Meddin, The Bike-Sharing World Map
  • Sean Conner, Lime, San Francisco, CA
  • Marisa Rodriguez-McGill, Lyft Bikes & Scooters, NYC
  • Louis Pappas, Bird, NYC
  • Sean Flood, Gotcha, Charleston, SC
  • Shannon Dulaney, Spin, NYC
  • Sidd Saxena, WhiteFox, Jersey City

Session 2C: Complete Streets 101: Getting Started & Free Resources - 1:45 - 2:45 PM


Have you recently heard the buzz around Complete Streets but are unsure how it really works? This session will provide the Complete Streets basics for those just getting started or in need of some inspiration and free resources.

  • Moderator: Michael Dannemiller, NV5
  • Peter Kremer, AICP/PP, WSP
  • Anne Heasly, Sustainable Jersey
  • Jennifer Duckworth, Tetra Tech and Millburn Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board

Session 3A: Vision Zero - 2:55 - 3:55 PM

 (Presentation and FAQ’s as this session was unable to take questions)

What is Vision Zero? How does it relate to Complete Streets and NJDOT’s Toward Zero Deaths? Hear from panelists who have direct experience with Vision Zero implementation as they answer these questions and more.

  • Moderator: Sonia Szczesna, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • Joe Cutrufo, Transportation Alternatives, NYC
  • Laura Fredricks, Families for Safe Streets, Greater Philadelphia, PA
  • Barkha Patel, Jersey City Division of Planning
  • Cheryl Kastrenakes, Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association

Session 3B: Greenway Implementation - 2:55 - 3:55 PM


Greenways are growing in popularity around the nation and provide a safe and attractive connection between communities, especially in areas where on-road infrastructure is not easily achieved. This session will explore how trails work with Complete Streets and what it takes to implement a greenway from various perspectives.

  • Moderator: Annette Schultz, NV5
  • Liz Sewell, Rails to Trails
  • Rick Lear, Middlesex County Parks & Recreation
  • Tim Brill, NJ Conservation Foundation

Session 3C: Future Mobility Part II - 2:55 - 3:55 PM


We are only at the beginning of a trillion-dollar global mobility revolution, and New Jersey is a hot spot. This second panel will look to create a Complete Streets vision for the future of urban mobility, including the street as a “revenue center.” We will identify threats such as the climate crisis and issues such as congestion pricing, the megatechs, and AI. Using Hoboken as a case study, we will explore how streets should evolve to best serve residents.

  • Co-Moderators: Tom Glendening, E3Think, and Russell Meddin, The Bike-Sharing World Map
  • Brandon Harp, Electrosonic, NYC
  • David Reed, Zagster, Boston, MA
  • Emanuele Ancorini, Bzzt AB
  • Shabazz Stuart, Oonee, NYC
  • Holly Parker, Less Road Traveled, Coventry, CT
  • Star Childs, Citiesense, NYC

Award Winners & Videos

Complete Streets Excellence Awards

Six Complete Streets Excellence Awards were presented to communities and projects that displayed outstanding Complete Streets characteristics in making streets safer for everyone! Watch the videos below by Civic Eye Collaborative to learn about their efforts.

Ben Franklin Bridge Ramp

The Circuit Trails

The City of Jersey City

New Brunswick Ciclovia

Middlesex Greenway

Stuyvesant Avenue

Complete Streets Champions

  • Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
  • Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director (Former), New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition

Safe Routes to School Champion

  • Bound Brook and South Bound Brook, Student Ambassadors for Community Health, Somerset County 4-H and Middle Earth

Complete Streets Policy Adoption Recognition

  • Borough of Bloomingdale
  • Borough of Eatontown
  • Borough of Haddonfield
  • Borough of Haworth
  • Borough of Leonia
  • Borough of Milltown
  • Borough of North Haledon
  • Borough of Old Tappan
  • Borough of Pompton Lakes
  • Borough of Roselle Park
  • Borough of Westwood
  • City of Long Branch
  • City of Rahway
  • Lower Alloways Creek Township
  • Township of Berkeley Heights
  • Township of Delran
  • Township of Franklin
  • Township of Galloway
  • Township of Mount Olive
  • Township of Pennsville
  • Township of River Vale
  • Township of Scotch Plains