during a roundtable Q and A. The overall message of the session was that while liability is an important consideration, there is no need to be paralyzed by fear. Towns are not liable for encouraging uses if they are compliant with a plan or the intended use of that plan.
The Design/Safety Session focused on alternative street design features that could be used when creating a complete street. Michael Ronkin; Dana Hecht, NJDOT; Keith Skilton, FHWA; and Jim Rutala, Ocean City, NJ provided examples from their own communities and agencies while grounding their presentations in current design manuals and regulations, and focusing on the safety benefits of alternative designs. According to Ronkin,
Safety must be paramount to everything we do. Many Complete Streets policies do not include safe crossings; but these are extremely important, since intersections account for a large portion of crashes…. The top three goals for streets are to promote: Safety, Health, and Economic Development…. Transportation is not about mobility or speed, it is about access.