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NJ Complete Streets Training

Register now for one of three online New Jersey Complete Streets Training workshops, sponsored by New Jersey Department of Transportation.

NJDOT-CS-Logo-ColorComplete Streets are designed for all users, all modes of transportation, and all abilities. They respond to local needs and context, such as roadway type, topography, natural features, density of development, adjacent land use, and street connectivity. The NJDOT-sponsored 3-hour online Complete Streets training consists of three modules covering all the basics of Complete Streets from the benefits to the planning to the design elements needed to implement them in your community. The training is designed for planners, engineers, advocates, public health professionals, policymakers, elected officials, and anyone looking to learn more about Complete and Green Streets. Participants of this course will better understand:

  • The benefits of implementing Complete Streets.
  • The evolution of Complete Streets as a safety strategy, policy, and planning and design concept, including emerging trends that are informing how we think about Complete Streets.
  • The integration of planning and placemaking with Complete Streets and the vast opportunities to make places safer and more livable through these synergies.
  • Best practices for Complete and Green Streets design guidance.

Training Dates in 2022

Training sessions will not be recorded, so register now to reserve your space on one of the three dates for the 3-hour training. Registration is free but space is limited.

Note: Each online training will focus on a different region of the state, but all sessions will cover the same basic principles and are open to everyone.

  • Session 1: Thursday, October 13, 2022, 9 am – 12 pm – North Jersey focus – REGISTER HERE!
    • Bergen County
    • Essex County
    • Hudson County
    • Morris County
    • Passaic County
    • Sussex County
    • Warren County
  • Session 2: Thursday, October 20, 2022, 9 am – 12 pm – Central Jersey focus – REGISTER HERE!
    • Hunterdon County
    • Mercer County
    • Middlesex County
    • Monmouth County
    • Ocean County
    • Somerset County
    • Union County
  • Session 3: Thursday, October 27, 2022, 1 pm – 4 pm – South Jersey focus – REGISTER HERE!
    • Atlantic County
    • Burlington County
    • Camden County
    • Cumberland County
    • Cape May County
    • Gloucester County
    • Salem County

Because this training often qualifies for New Jersey State Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors Continuing Competency credits (CPCs) and AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) self-reporting credits, we request that you enable your camera and microphone and provide your full and focused attention during the training. If you have any questions or concerns, or anticipate needing assistance with the virtual Zoom platform, please contact:

Who Should Attend

2014-06-06-6064Complete Streets training is open to anyone interested in learning about and supporting efforts to expand Complete Streets initiatives across New Jersey. Examples include:  

  • State, county, and municipal planners, engineers, and public works staff 
  • Public health professionals 
  • Policy-makers and elected officials 
  • Local bike/walk & Safe Routes champions 
  • Mobility, accessibility, and equity advocates
  • Environmental and economic development professionals
  • Anyone interested in designing for active transportation systems that protect the safety of all roadway users

Course Outline

Module 1 – Benefits

Module 1 focuses on WHY Complete Streets are important and their far-reaching benefits, including safety, resiliency, equity, and health, and best practices for Complete Streets policies and procedures. This module covers the fundamentals of Complete Streets: what they are, how they reflect local contexts, the high costs of “incomplete” streets, the benefits of implementation, recent emerging trends, and how to advance Complete Streets policies in your own community.

Module 2 – Planning

Module 2 describes WHAT goes into planning for a balanced network of Complete Streets in a community, including deploying demonstration projects and understanding local context. This module describes the planning stage of the implementation process: why planning beforehand is essential, community collaboration, planning and zoning for Complete Streets, using data to measure success and target projects for the greatest impact, and how to educate staff and the general public.

Module 3 – Design

Module 3 focuses on HOW to design a Complete Streets project within the context of a community and includes an interactive project development and design exercise. This module describes the design stage of the implementation process: defining a clear vision and achievable goals, understanding local context and diverse travel needs, assessing overall system performance, and the Safe Systems Approach, including FHWA Proven Safety Countermeasures. This module also examines street typologies within the New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide.


Susan G. Blickstein, AICP, PP, PhD

Susan-BlicksteinPrior to starting her own firm in 2007, Dr. Blickstein served as a planning consultant to municipalities, counties, MPOs and state agencies for over 20 years. During that time, she served as Director of Planning for two multidisciplinary planning, transportation, and engineering firms. Dr. Blickstein is well versed in all aspects of planning, with particular expertise in non-motorized transportation planning, research and policy, Complete Streets, and the design and implementation of stakeholder and public outreach strategies to support these efforts. Dr. Blickstein is also a consulting planner to numerous municipalities, an Adjunct Professor/ Research Scholar at Vassar College’s Department of Geography and has published several articles on bicycle advocacy and planning.  Through her transportation research and applied complete streets work, the firm is well versed in all phases of public outreach and engagement, including creating virtual engagement hubs, social media promotional strategies, web design, the full range of in-person, intercept, pop-up and public information centers, and other qualitative data collection and assessment methods.

Elise-Bremer-NeiElise Bremer-Nei, AICP, PP

Elise Bremer-Nei is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator and a licensed professional planner with the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. Over the last 25 years, she has worked on active transportation issues in both the private and public sector, at the county and the state level. Among other responsibilities, Elise oversees implementation of NJDOT’s Complete Streets Policy and supports updates and improvements to designs and guides for Complete and Green Streets, heads the Bicycle and Pedestrian Emphasis Area team for the State Strategic Highway Safety Plan, and supervises implementation of the statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Corey Hannigan

headshot1Corey Hannigan is a Planner at NV5 with a deep passion for sustainable transportation, land-use, and urban design. At NV5, he has worked on Pedestrian Road Safety Audits for NJDOT, Local Technical Assistance projects for NJ TRANSIT’s Transit-Friendly Planning initiative, and has provided GIS support on NYCDDC’s East Side Coastal Resiliency project. He has also presented proposed revisions to the statewide Residential Site Improvement Standards at the NJ Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Council (BPAC). Previously, he has worked as a Research Assistant for the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center and New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center within the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He has a background in bilingual project management, and currently lives car-free in New Brunswick, NJ.


Matt Ludwig, PE, AICP, WEDG

Matt Ludwig is a licensed civil engineer and certified planner with over 14 years’ experience on a wide variety of transportation projects.  His experience includes the planning and design of trails and greenways, protected bicycle lanes, complete streets, modern streetcars, highways, and developing comprehensive active transportation networks.  Matt has been involved in the design and planning of multi-modal projects throughout the country, which allows him to apply a specialized toolkit to modern transportation issues.  Matt is currently a Senior Planner and Engineer for NV5, where he manages transportation projects throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  He lives in Philadelphia where he commutes by bike daily to NV5’s Center City office. 

Bill-RiviereWilliam Riviere

William Riviere is a Principal Planner and the Safe Routes to School Coordinator with the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Safety, Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs. As the lead administrator of NJDOT’s Local Technical Assistance Program for bicycle and pedestrian projects, Bill provides guidance and expertise in creating streets as corridors for all modes of transportation for all ages and abilities. As the statewide Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Bill oversees the technical assistance program working closely with the Safe Routes Resource Center at Rutgers and all eight New Jersey Transportation Management Associations.

Sam-headshot-776pxSamuel Rosenthal, AICP

Sam Rosenthal is a Research Project Coordinator at the Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. As a staff member at the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, Sam contributes to planning for safe and accessible active transportation throughout the State. Prior to joining VTC, Sam served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Hoboken, NJ, coordinating community engagement and job training programs related to green infrastructure.

Laura Torchio, AICP

Laura-TorchioLaura Torchio is a certified planner specializing in active transportation, healthy communities, and creative placemaking. Currently, she is a Technical Advisor and Placemaking Director with NV5. She is a seasoned facilitator with a forte to inspire thoughtful, creative initiatives and coalitions that strengthen the social, physical, and economic vitality of communities. Her expertise applies to public, private, and non-profit sectors and she passionately believes communities are empowered by zealous civic engagement. She is best known for her prowess in creative placemaking, clever community engagement, innovative workshop development, training and facilitation, and people-first active transportation planning. In her free time, she is a dabbling artist and community champion with Bike&Walk Montclair.

LeighAnnVonHagenHeadShot2017 - SquareLeigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP, PP

Leigh Ann Von Hagen is a Managing Director and Adjunct Professor with the Voorhees Transportation Center at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. As a licensed professional planner, Leigh Ann has over 20 years of experience in transportation and land use planning, specializing in creating healthy, active communities for all ages and abilities through design, research, education, and training. Leigh Ann is currently the managing director for the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes and Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Centers and conducts research and training on Health Impact Assessment and health in all policies.