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2021 New Jersey Complete Streets Summit

Held on October 22, 2021 – the 6th biennial New Jersey Complete Streets Summit welcomed over 340 engineers, planners, health professionals, advocates, youth organizers, elected officials, and many more. The Summit celebrated 10+ years of Complete Streets in New Jersey (see timeline) and provided a wealth of information in sessions centering on adopting a Complete Streets policy, lessons learned from implementation, and what is in store for the Complete Streets movement over the coming years.

Each of the Summit sessions incorporated a short video narrating the story of Complete Streets in New Jersey as representatives from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and other governments/organizations talked about what Complete Streets mean, how its definition has evolved over time, and how it continues to help develop safe and accessible multimodal environments that are also healthy, prosperous, and resilient.

The NJDOT and New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (BPRC) at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University were also proud to announce the 2021 New Jersey Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School Champions at the Summit. These awards recognized individuals and groups who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to promote safe, accessible, and equitable mobility in the State.

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

 

2021 NJ Complete Streets Summit Sessions

Session 1: Complete Streets in New Jersey: A 10-Year Look Back - 9:00 - 10:30 AM

Welcoming remarks from New Jersey Department of Transportation. In 2009, NJDOT became a national leader in Complete Streets by passing an award-winning policy. Over the past ten years hundreds of engineers, planners, and others have been trained, skeptics have become advocates, and innovative projects have been funded and completed. Join us as we look back at successes through policies, projects, and partnerships.

Welcome and opening remarks:

  • Andrew Swords Director, Statewide Planning, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti Commissioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Jon Carnegie Executive Director, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers
  • Michael Russo Assistant Commisioner, New Jersey Department of Transportation

Moderator:

  • Laura Torchio Principal, LT LLC

Panelists:

  • Alan Huff Program Manager, SJTPO
  • Cassidy Boulan Assistant Manager, DVRPC
  • Christine Newman Director, Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement, AARP New Jersey
  • Corinne Orlando Director, Government Relations, American Heart Association
  • Debra Kagan Executive Director, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition
  • Elise Bremer-Nei Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Janna Chernetz Deputy Director, Director of New Jersey Policy, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
  • Peter Bilton Principal Planner, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Tara Shepherd Executive Director, goHunterdon TMA

 

Session 2: Connecting to the Future: What's in Store for Complete Streets in the Next 10 Years - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Many New Jersey municipalities have adopted a Complete and Green Streets approach or have accelerated projects in response to COVID-19. With pandemic recovery on the horizon, what’s in store for implementing Complete Streets in the future? How can we reduce serious injuries or fatalities among our vulnerable road users? What technologies are on the horizon that will impact Complete Streets? Panelists will discuss these issues and more as they share their vision for the future.

Welcome:

  • Daniel Lisanti Manager, New Jersey Department of Transportation

Moderator:

  • Lauren Rushing Communications & Community Engagement Manager, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition

Panelists:

  • Barkha Patel Deputy City Manager, City of Jersey City
  • Michael Manzella Director of Transportation / Deputy City Manager, City of Asbury Park
  • Olivia Glenn Deputy Commissioner, Environmental Justice & Equity, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • Robert Noland Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers

 

Celebrate the 2021 New Jersey Complete Streets Champions - 12:15 - 12:30 PM

Join this session to celebrate the 2021 New Jersey Complete Streets Champion Award winners! Our hosts, Elise Bremer-Nei (NJDOT) and Leigh Ann Von Hagen (Rutgers) will host the awards and recognize individuals and teams who have led by example in making the New Jersey streets safer and more accessible for everyone.

Moderators:

  • Elise Bremer-Nei Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen Managing Director, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

 

Session 3: Putting it Down on Paper: Complete and Green Streets Policy Development, Adoption, and Promotion - 1:00 - 2:15 PM

Transforming Complete Streets from a concept to reality begins with the formalization of Complete Streets principles in a policy. Hear from planners and public officials from around the State as they discuss the development, adoption, and promotion of Complete and Green Streets policies in their communities.

Welcome:

  • William Riviere Principal Planner Transportation, NJDOT

Moderator:

  • Sonia Szczesna Director of Active Transportation, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Panelists:

  • Anthony Talerico, Jr. Mayor, Borough of Eatontown
  • Michael Lysicatos Director, Passaic County Department of Planning and Economic Development
  • Robert Lewandowski Commissioner, Borough of Collingswood
  • Ryan Sharp Director of Transportation and Parking, City of Hoboken

 

Session 4: Turn Policy into Action: Complete and Green Streets Resources and Local Lessons Learned - 2:30 - 3:45 PM

Adopting a policy may be the first win towards Complete Streets implementation, but it also requires training, funding, collaboration and community engagement. Learn about available resources, best practices, and how to incorporate equity into Complete and Green Streets implementation.

Welcome:

  • Jeevanjot Singh Section Chief, Safety, New Jersey Department of Transportation

Moderator:

  • Steven Wong Principal and NJ General Manager, Sam Schwartz Consulting

Panelists:

  • Anne Heasly Program Manager for Policy and Planning, Sustainable Jersey
  • Kandyce Perry Director, Environmental Justice, NJ Department of Environmental Protection
  • Keith Hamas Principal Planner, New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority
  • Kyle Skala Project Management Specialist, Division of Local Aid and Economic Development
  • Peter Kremer Senior Planner, Michael Baker International

 

Session 5: A Call to Action: Moving Forward with Complete and Green Streets - 4:00 - 4:45 PM

Find the inspiration to take action! This session will address what we’ve learned from the last ten years of implementation, revisit some of the exemplary Complete Streets projects in New Jersey, and consider how we can propel the movement into the future.

Moderators:

  • Elise Bremer-Nei Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, New Jersey Department of Transportation
  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen Managing Director, Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

Speaker:

  • Barbara Mccann Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator for Safety, FHWA

 

 

2021 NJ Complete Streets Award Winners

Complete Streets Champions

  • Councilwoman Susan Welkovits, Highland Park
  • Team4NJ Safe Passing Law, New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition

Safe Routes to School Champion

  • West Orange Townships Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board

Complete Streets Policy Adoption Recognition

  • Borough of Bernardsville
  • Borough of Collingswood
  • Borough of Fair Lawn
  • Borough of Millstone
  • Borough of North Plainfield
  • Borough of Rocky Hill
  • Borough of South Bound Brook
  • City of Bordentown
  • Township of Green Brook
  • Township of Upper