After calls for a complete streets website from Tri-State and other advocates, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) has delivered on its promise to have one up and running this summer.
The website contains examples of successful complete streets projects, helpful links to additional complete streets resources, and the reasoning behind project exemptions from NJDOT’s complete streets policy.
The online resource is yet another sign of NJDOT’s renewed interest in bicycle and pedestrian projects, an infrastructure priority that got a big boost with the department’s adoption of the aforementioned complete streets policy [pdf] in 2009. The policy has seen implementation recently in some NJDOT projects like the Route 52 Causeway (which includes cycling/pedestrian infrastructure), Route 45 in Woodbury (which is getting a road diet and bike lane), and Route 27 by Metropark Station (where an innovative piece of safety technology is helping pedestrians cross more safely).
The website’s online outreach also comes on the heels of a series of NJDOT workshops that reached out to local municipalities in an effort to connect local officials with complete streets experts.