Thursday, June 16, 2011

3 Complete Streets seminars coming in July for locals

NJ Future just reported about how Jersey City and Ridgewood both passed Complete Streets policies recently.  Great news but NJ Future notes that this brings the total number of municipalities with Complete Streets policies up to 12 and counties (Monmouth) up to 1.  When you realize that New Jersey has 566 municipalities and 21 counties, you begin to see that there is a long way to go.

So step in Sustainable Jersey, supported by Shaping NJ (and a host of other organizations), which has scheduled three workshops on Complete Streets for local activists interested in pursuing the policy in their towns. Each workshop will highlight basic policy principles, potential resources and local case studies. The workshops will be held on:
  • July 14 at Stockton College from 1 to 3:30 p.m. (register)
  • July 19 at the West Windsor Municipal Building from 9:30 a.m. to noon (register)
  • July 21 at the Rahway Public Library from 6 to 8 p.m. (register)
And as NJ Future reported in their story about Jersey City and Ridgewood, NJDOT is encouraging towns to adopt their own Complete Streets policies by giving preferential consideration for municipal aid grants to towns that have adopted such policies.  To aid towns even further, NJDOT is also working developing standards for good Complete Street roadway designs for urban, suburban and rural settings.

So make sure you and/or one or more of your local town officials try to attend one of these seminars  and get your own Complete Streets policy in place.

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