Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Instituting a Complete Streets policy ensures that agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users. New Jersey has become a national leader in the Complete Streets movement, being among the first states in the US to adopt a Complete Streets policy.
There are several organizations and resources in New Jersey that can help with developing and implementing local Complete Streets policies, including:
- The New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center collects all adopted Complete Streets policies around New Jersey.
- A short video, The Complete Streets Movement in NJ, highlights municipalities that have embraced Complete Streets.
- The Making Complete Streets a Reality Guidebook includes information on developing Complete Streets policies, updating local policies and procedures and more.
- The New Jersey Department of Transportation Complete Streets website includes information on success stories, workshops, etc.
Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School – Perfect Together!
Safe Routes to School is a national initiative to create safer and more accessible environments for students to walk and bicycle to and from school. The New Jersey Safe Routes to School Resource Center provides statewide technical assistance in implementing programs and activities to make walking and biking to and from school an appealing and safe daily activity. Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School have numerous synergies, so it is only natural for them to work together to advocate for and to strengthen the practice of safely walking and bicycling to and from schools and throughout our communities.
New Jersey’s eight Safe Routes to School Regionals Coordinators offer a variety of services including help with Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School initiatives. Contact one in your area.
Complete Streets and Sustainable Jersey — Another great partnership!
The NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition Program and Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification programs have actions that help make communities more walkable and bikeable! It’s a great partnership!
Municipalities and Schools that meet the requirements for the NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition Program can ALSO earn points toward Sustainable Jersey and Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification. Below are tutorials that provide guidance on how to implement actions under the Sustainable Jersey program that make communities walkable and bikeable. Specifically, Adopting Complete Streets Policy, can earn the municipality 10 points for Sustainable Jersey points AND meets a requirement for Gold level NJ SRTS Recognition Program! Click here for more information on this partnership.
Sustainable Jersey Action Checklists
Before adopting or updating your Complete Streets policy, download both the Adopt a Complete Streets Policy and Institute Complete Streets Action Checklists to ensure all requirements are met.
Check our our Adopt a Complete Streets Policy Checklist to get your municipality started.
Check out our Institute Complete Streets Checklist if your municipality has already adopted a policy and is ready to start implementing some changes!