Complete Streets

The Complete Streets policy (Policy 703), adopted by the NJ Department of Transportation on December 3, 2009, has been recognized by Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition. In Complete Streets: Policy Analysis 2011, the two groups examined 350 plus Complete Streets policies adopted by States, Departments of Transportation, counties, and communities, measuring each against 10 criteria. Among those examined, Policy 703 was rated as the top plan adopted by a Department of Transportation.

Policy 703 seeks "to create and implement a Complete Streets policy in New Jersey through the planning, design, construction, maintenance and operation of new and retrofit transportation facilities within public rights of way that are federally or state funded, including projects processed or administered through the Department's Capital Program."

Complete Streets is a more balanced approach to transportation planning. It recognizes that cars are not the only commute mode. Complete Streets embraces a multi modal approach that requires (where applicable) road way designs containing sidewalks, bike lanes, lighting, shoulders, bus shelters, appropriate signage and signals, median refuges, and other amenities.

Typically, as stipulated in New Jersey's Policy 703, a Complete Streets plan improves safety, provides connections to trip generators, promotes health and fitness, creates more liveable communities, reduces traffic congestion and improves air quality, and saves money by including multi-modal options in the initial roadway design.

Interactive Map

Click on the link below to engage in the interactive map that identifies the many Counties and Municipalities that have passed Complete Streets Policies in New Jersey.

http://njbikeped.org/services/nj-complete-streets-policy-atlas/

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