Newark Advancing Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety

Image: Street Smart / bestreetsmartnj.org

The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) kicked off its Street Smart pedestrian safety program earlier this month in Hackettstown, Jersey City, Long Beach Island, Newark and Woodbridge. This new public education, awareness, and behavioral change campaign “comes at a significant time as New Jersey is ranked 14th in the nation in pedestrian [...]

TSTC Teams Up with Youth Leaders to Complete Newark’s Streets

GNC students | Photo: Janna Chernetz

Newark Youth Leadership Project students participated in a walk audit and Complete Streets workshop with TSTC. | Photo: Janna Chernetz

ramps crosswalk lanes | Photo: Janna Chernetz

Students noted that bike lanes and textured crosswalks have only been installed in a few locations. | Photo: Janna Chernetz

As MTR reported last year, Newark adopted a Complete Streets resolution in September 2013, but there’s no word yet on how the City plans to implement the policy. To jump-start the effort to make Newark’s streets safer and more accessible for all users, TSTC teamed up with 40 high school student interns and their mentors from the Greater Newark Conservancy’s (GNC) Newark Youth Leadership Project, a year-round program that provides local high school and college students with job training experience, leadership development and exposure to career and higher education opportunities in the environmental and horticultural fields.

Last week, TSTC led its sixth annual Complete Streets workshop and walking audit on the streets surrounding GNC. During the first half of the workshop, students learned about the principles of Complete Streets as well as similar efforts taking place in throughout New Jersey. Following the classroom portion of the day, students conducted walking audits in various parts of Newark, and were encouraged to take on the point of view as a pedestrian, cyclist, senior citizen, someone with a physical disability, a young child or a parent/babysitter with young children.

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Revitalization of Newark’s Military Park Must Improve Pedestrian Accessibility on Nearby Streets

Sidewalks along Park Place are treacherous to navigate, becoming so narrow to a degree that they practically disappear. | Photo: Janna Chernetz

Ideally, crosswalks in an urban center should be the more visible international style (also known as a “zebra” or “ladder” crosswalk) and should include accessible curb ramps. | Photo: Janna [...]

New Jersey’s Most Populous City Adopts Complete Streets Policy

A bike lane in Newark | Photo: Newark Department of Engineering

[An eagle-eyed reader has pointed out that Vineland is technically the largest city in New Jersey; Newark is actually the most populous. Thanks for the spot!]

Yesterday, Newark announced that it had adopted a complete streets policy, making the roads of New [...]

Future Leaders Take on Task of “Reworking Newark”

Student interns at the Greater Newark Conservancy take a break from surveying the city for this photograph.

“We know what Newark looks like standing still, and we know that change is needed. With all the diversity in the city, it’s important that we try to work together. Let’s get it together—let’s move Newark.”

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NJ’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit Paying Off

Transit and freight rail can be powerful tools for development. Seeking to maximize those tools, NJ in 2008 established the Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit, which provides tax credits for businesses that use freight rail and those that develop housing, plan large expansions, or relocate within a half-mile of transit hubs in nine cities.

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Reworking Newark

Reworked Newark plans

Taking to the streets with cameras and imagination, 45 Newark high school interns participated in a two-day exercise with TSTC to re-envision downtown Newark as a “great place” for residents and visitors. The exercise is a result of an on-going partnership with the Greater Newark Conservancy’s Newark Youth Leadership Project. [...]

Parents Take a Stand at Newark's Speedway Elementary

The new Speedway Elementary School was built near two busy roads and the Garden State Parkway.

As previously reported in MTR, the new Speedway Elementary School was built along two very busy roadways and near ramps for the Garden State Parkway, without a playground or safe access to a large park across the [...]

Speedway Elementary: Where Kids Learn to Dodge Cars

Speedway Elementary School in Newark (seen under construction in this photo) is at the intersection of two major roads that feed into and off of the Garden State Parkway.

We learn some of our most important lessons in elementary school: how to share, how to read, how to study. For the students slated [...]

Will NJDOT Pave Over My Kitchen?

This time, it's personal: Widening Route 21 would impact properties on the west side of the road (on the left in the photo) — including my house.

The following is a first-person account by TSTC general counsel Kyle Wiswall.

Tri-State often works with victims of unnecessary road projects.  But this is the first [...]