NJ Complete Streets Summit

The New Jersey Complete Streets Summit is a biennial event sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. During each summit, a wealth of information is provided 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. Stay tuned for the next NJ Complete Streets Summit in 2023!

2021 NJ Complete Streets Summit

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Session 1: Complete Streets in New Jersey: A 10-Year Look Back
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.

Session 2: Connecting to the Future: What’s in Store for Complete Streets in the Next 10 Years
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.

Celebrate the 2021 New Jersey Complete Streets Champions
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.

Session 3: Putting it Down on Paper: Complete and Green Streets Policy Development, Adoption, and Promotion
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.

Session 4: Turn Policy into Action: Complete and Green Streets Resources and Local Lessons Learned
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.

Session 5: A Call to Action: Moving Forward with Complete and Green Streets
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.

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

Sessions & Winners from Previous Years

2019 NJ Complete Streets Summit

Session Presentations
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  • Morning Keynote Address by Harriet Tregoning, Director, NUMO. A talk 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. Click here to view the presentation.
  • “NJDOT Model Complete & Green Streets Policy and Guide.” A session of experts discussing the NJDOT Model Complete & Green Streets Policy and Guide for developing effective Complete Streets policies that address safety, equity, health, green streets, and economic vitality. Click here to view the presentation.
  • Afternoon Keynote Address by Ryan Russo, Director of Transportation, Oakland Departments of Transportation. The Oakland Department of Transportation has quickly become a national model for incorporating equity into transportation planning, policy, programs, and operations. Ryan Russo explains how the department is working to center racial equity in every organizational aspect. Click here to view the presentation.
  • “Don’t Burn Out or Give Up! Build Your Complete Streets Team.” A session where three local champions offer strategies for building effective complete streets teams. Click here to view the presentation.
  • “Future Mobility.” A session exploring the current state of micromobility and how cities should move forward. Click here to view the presentation.
  • “Complete Streets 101: Getting Started & Free Resources.” A session on Complete Streets basics for those just getting started or in need of some inspiration and free resources. Click here to view the presentation.
  • “Vision Zero.” A session answering your questions on Vision Zero. Click here to view the presentation. Click here to view the FAQ’s.
  • “Greenway Implementation.” A session that explores how trails work with Complete Streets and what it takes to implement a greenway from various perspective. Click here to view the presentation.
  • “Future Mobility Part II.” This second panel on future mobility looks at how to create a Complete Street vision for the future of urban mobility, including the streets and a “revenue center.” They will identify threats such as the climate crisis and issues such as congestion pricing, the megatechs, and AI. Click here to view the presentation.

Complete Streets Excellence Awards

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
2017 NJ Complete Streets Summit

Session Presentations
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  • Keynote Adress by Tony Garcia, Principal, Street Plans Miami: Getting Things Done…Now! Click here to view the presentation.
  • Cutting Edge Complete Streets
    • “Vision Zero and Complete Streets” by John Boyle, Research Director, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Click here to view the presentation.
    • “GREEN and Complete Streets: The Power of Green Infrastructure in Street Design” by Kandyce Perry, Planning and Policy Associate, New Jersey Future. Click here to view the presentation.
    • “Through the Looking Glass: Coordinated Human Service Transportation Planning,Through a Complete Streets Lens” by Karen J. Alexander, Managing Director, the New Jersey Travel Independence Program. Click here to view the presentation.
    • “The Intersectionality of Complete Streets and Equity” by Olivia Glenn, Regional Manager, New Jersey Conservation Foundation. Click here to view the presentation.
    • “Complete Streets for Complete Health” by Courtney Nelson, Senior Director Community Health, American Heart Association. Click here to view the presentation.
  • Complete Streets 101
  • Getting Beyond the Policy with Funding and Advocates
  • Building Grassroots Support through Events
  • Complete Streets Design Guide
  • Complete Streets Coalition
    • “10 Elements of a Complete Streets Policy” by Heather Zaccaro, Health Program Associate, National Complete Streets Coalition; Nimotalai Azeez, Program Associate, National Complete Streets Coalition; and Mae Hanzlik, Program Associate, National Complete Streets Coalition. Click here to view the presentation.
2015 NJ Complete Streets Summit

Session Presentations
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2013 NJ Complete Streets Summit

Session Presentations
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Complete Streets Excellence Award
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  • City of North Wildwood
  • City of Lambertville
  • Township of Montclair
  • City of Newark
  • City of Hoboken
2010 NJ Complete Streets Summit

Session Presentations
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