On Thursday, June 12, 2014, America Walks and the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center (NJBPRC), with support from Shaping NJ, organized a webinar titled, “Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey. Roughly 500 people from throughout the US and Canada registered for the webinar. The webinar covered complete streets, in general and in New Jersey, discussing every topic from complete streets policy adoption to implementation.” In addition to highlighting successful municipal and county case studies focused on complete streets implementation, webinar will highlighted strategies on getting complete streets polices passed at the municipal level and creating elderly-friendly communities.

Complete Streets are streets that are designed, operated, and maintained with all users in mind—bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, etc. In New Jersey, the state department of transportation (NJDOT), 99 municipalities, and 7 counties have adopted complete streets, making New Jersey one of the nation’s leaders in the number of municipalities with complete streets policies.

At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees were able to:
1) Understand the differences between complete streets and an incomplete street.
2) Discuss specific New Jersey complete streets implementation case studies on the county and municipal level.
3) Pursue or encourage complete streets policy adoption and implementation in their town or county.
4) Understand the link between complete streets and elder-friendly communities.
5) Recognize inexpensive/cost-saving infrastructure improvements to make cities more bikeable and walkable.

Webinar Program:

Organizer/Moderator:  Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University “Getting a Complete Streets Policy Passed in Your Community”

Presenter: Jerry Fried, Former Mayor of Montclair (NJ) and Lead Ambassador, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University “Complete Streets, What’s Aging Got to Do with It?”

Presenter: Karen Alexander, MPA, Managing Director, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Rutgers University

Case Study: “Complete Streets Implementation in Passaic County”

PresenterMichael Lysicatos, Senior Planner, Passaic County Department of Planning and Economic Development

Case Study: “Complete Streets Implementation in Newark, NJ”

Presenter: Jack Nata, Manager, Division of Traffic and Signals, City of Newark, NJ