creating viable transportation options that are safe for all users. Complete streets policies can be enacted by multiple means, be it an ordinance or
resolution passed by a governing body, a rewrite of design guidelines or an executive order.
Montclair Township, in Essex County is one of the New Jersey municipalities prioritizing bicycle and pedestrian considerations. With multiple train lines passing through its borders, and a lively downtown, Montclair officials and citizens have been pressing for a greater focus on bicycle and pedestrian amenities.
As the first New Jersey municipality to adopt a Complete Streets policy (link 1) Montclair has formalized a process that township engineer Kimberli Craft has been practicing ad-hoc for years, including bicycle and pedestrian facilities in the design and development review process. The process of getting the Complete Streets policy passed was aided by a grant from NJDOT to produce a Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan, which ultimately recommended an official Complete Streets policy. Two Safe Routes to School grants were also obtained to aid in the effort, resulting in an “increased connectivity between schools and main attractions and connectivity overall throughout Montclair”, according to