News Spotlight | April 2nd – April 16th, 2016:
Smart Growth America Releases its Annual Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015

+“The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015,” Smart Growth America, April 2016

This week Smart Growth America came out with its annual report and rankings of Complete Streets policies, and once again New Jersey was cited as a national leader. The state continues to have the most number of local policies of any in the nation, with 126 municipal and seven county policies. New Jersey had the second highest number of policies adopted this year, with eight, just behind Massachusetts’ ten. To find out if your municipality or county makes the cut, head over to our Complete Streets Compilation or Atlas pages. And if you want to find out how to write and pass a policy for your own county or municipality, you can contact BPRC.

Smart Growth America ranks each policy based on ten metrics. New Jersey’s state policy, the first passed in the country in 2009, has consistently been rated highly, and this year was no exception: tied for second with Massachusetts, behind only West Virginia. Among local New Jersey jurisdictions, Monmouth County was the highest ranked county, and Trenton the highest ranked municipality.

In 2015, communities [in the United States] passed a total of 82 Complete Streets policies. These laws, resolutions, agency policies, and planning and design documents establish a process for selecting, funding, planning, designing, and building transportation projects that allow safe access for everyone, regardless of age, ability, income or ethnicity, and no matter how they travel. ~The Best complete Streets Policies of 2015


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  • Learn how to get a Complete Streets policy passed in your community.
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