The NJTPA recently concluded the second round of its Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program
Staff presented on the program at the joint meeting of the Planning & Economic Development and Project Prioritization committees Monday. Complete streets are streets designed for all users, all modes of transportation and all ability levels. They balance the needs of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, emergency responders and goods movement based on local context.
The second phase included eight projects:
- Bergen County: Hackensack City - Walkable Community Workshop
- Essex County: West Orange Township - Walkable Community Workshop
- Middlesex County: Cranbury Township - Bicycle Corridor or Network Plan
- Middlesex County: Dunellen Borough - Walkable Community Workshop
- Monmouth County: Bradley Beach Borough - Complete Streets Conceptualizations
- Somerset County: Franklin Township - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Safety Audit and Site Assessment
- Somerset County: Manville Borough - Bicycle Corridor or Network Plan
- Union County: Garwood Borough - Bicycle Corridor or Network Plan
All of the final reports can be viewed on the Complete Streets page
. This phase of the program also included the creation of a brief video that explains complete streets and why communities should consider implementing them.
The NJTPA is planning to launch a third round of the competitive grant program this fall. The program provides up to $10,000 in technical assistance for four types of projects:
- Bicycle Corridor or Network Plan: Helps identifying specific routes and road treatments to improve bicycling infrastructure.
- Complete Streets Conceptual Rendering: Graphic renderings to help visualize potential improvements to streetscapes or public spaces.
- Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) Safety Audit and Site Assessment: A workshop and street audit to assist a municipality in assessing and understanding potential physical improvements that could help prevent crime.
- Walkable Community Workshop: A workshop and audit of up to a half-mile of street to identify potential pedestrian and bicycle improvements.
Sustainable Jersey and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University provide the technical assistance, which is financed through the NJTPA’s federal funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.