There are a many resources from New Jersey and across the country that showcase Complete Streets best practices and help municipalities develop and implement Complete Streets policies.
This one-page fact sheet created by the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center provides the basics on Complete Streets.
“Making Complete Streets A Reality: A Guide to Complete Streets Policy Development.” New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2012..
The guide provides an overview of Complete Streets that includes the benefits, costs, and converging trends related to the movement. The guide also outlines six steps for developing a Complete Streets policy, discusses liability concerns, and addresses critical considerations related to policy adoption. The appendices include a Complete Streets Checklist and a Model Complete Streets Policy Template.
“New Jersey’s Guide to Creating a Complete Streets Implementation Plan.” New Jersey Department of Transportation. 2013.
The guide builds on the NJDOT’s Complete Streets Guide and provides further discussion on implementing a Complete Streets Policy. The guide emphasizes the following key components: (1) updating plans, policies, and procedures to incorporate Complete Streets principles; (2) incorporating Complete Streets into the development process; (3) building institutional capacity through training, communication, and monitoring; (4) creating partnerships to advance the policy; (5) initiating pilot projects to build support and demonstrate the value of Complete Streets; (6) integrating Complete Streets into the earliest stages of project delivery and throughout the project life cycle; (7) utilizing available tools and resources.
The New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide presents tools and methodologies for designing Complete Streets in a variety of settings, with attention to the specific needs of each community. The guide can be used by municipal and state agency staff, design professionals, private developers, community groups, and others involved in the planning and design of streets in New Jersey. The guide is intended to inform all projects that impact the public right-of-way, including the construction of new streets and improvements to existing streets. Standards in this guide are a compilation of current best practice guidance and do NOT supersede any existing federal, state, or city laws, rules, or regulations.
“Philadelphia Complete Streets Design Handbook.” City of Philadelphia. 2012.
The handbook provides a detailed overview of design treatments associated with Complete Streets. The design treatments are categorized by their relationship to seven street “components”: (1) pedestrian; (2) building and furnishing; (3) bicycle; (4) curbside management; (5) vehicle/cartway; (6) urban design; (7) intersections and crossings. Additionally, the handbook proposes eleven context-sensitive street classifications to assist in determining which Complete Street design treatments are appropriate for particular environments.
“Healthy Cycling: A Beginner’s Guide.” dietspotlight. 2016.
While people most often learn to ride a bicycle as children, there are some who learn at a later age or do not pursue it as a regular activity until they are adults. For these individuals, a guide for beginners may provide valuable information that will help get them started in a manner that is safe and responsible while also allowing them to reap maximum health benefits.
“Beginner’s Guide to Safe and Healthy Cycling.” Kinetic Sports Medicine. 2017.
Bicycle riders and automobile drivers often share the road with each other. This puts bicyclists at greater risk than motorists in the event of an accident due to the enormous size and weight difference between motor vehicles and bicycles. Because of this, riders will need to understand and follow traffic safety rules, watch out for mistakes by motorists, and properly maintain their bicycles. While traffic safety laws vary by state, there are many rules that are common nationwide. Bicyclists must also know the principles of general safety in other situations that don’t involve interacting with traffic.