What steps can communities take to ensure equal access and safety for all roadway users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, buses and trucks? Together North Jersey (TNJ), a broad public partnership, led a large-scale planning process that asked people throughout the region how to improve their communities. That led to strategies for improving pedestrian safety appearing throughout the plan’s Focus Areas and community goals related to the environment, the economy, open space, community development and redevelopment, public health and public safety. This workshop will walk participants through a series of strategies aimed at putting the TNJ Plan into action to create safe and vibrant places for pedestrians. It will explore where pedestrian-related improvements should be prioritized, what makes a place more pedestrian friendly, how to slow traffic, and how infrastructure design standards can help accomplish these goals. The workshop will also highlight programs that communities can use to plan, build and even help pay for pedestrian safety improvements.

DATE AND TIME:  July 13, 2018.  8:30 am to 12:30 pm
LOCATION:  NJTPA (One Newark Center, Newark, NJ)


8:30 to 9:00 Registration

9:00 to 9:10 Welcome – Zenobia Fields, NJTPA

9:10 to 9:25 Toward Zero Deaths – Pam Fischer, Pam Fischer Consulting

9:25 to 10:30 Creating Better Projects for Pedestrians

  • The Impact of Crime on Walking in Low-Income and Minority Communities – Charles Brown – Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Designs That Work – Bettina Zimny – NV5
  • What Makes a Successful Project? – Leigh Ann Von Hagen – Rutgers University

10:00 to 10:15 Break

10:15 to 11:45 Programs and Initiatives – Moderated by Keith Hamas, NJTPA

  • Physical Design Strategies – Laura Torchio – Project for Public Spaces
  • Street Smart NJ – Will Yarzab – NJTPA
  • Walkability Audits – Barkha Patel – Jersey City
  • Safe Routes to Schools – Lisa Lee – EZ Ride

11:45 to 12:30 Panel and Q&A