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Complete Streets
About Complete Streets

Complete streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that agencies routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users.


In their Complete Streets Policy, the NJ Department of Transportation recognized these benfits of complete streets:


  • Complete Streets improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, children, older citizens, non-drivers and the mobility challenged as well as those that cannot afford a car or choose to live car free
  • Provide connections to bicycling and walking trip generators such as employment, education, residential, recreation, retail centers and public facilities
  • Promote healthy lifestyles
  • Create more livable communities
  • Reduce traffic congestion and reliance on carbon fuels thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Complete Streets make fiscal sense by incorporating sidewalks, bike lanes, safe crossings and transit amenities into the initial design of a project, thus sparing the expense of retrofits later


Complete Streets Resolutions

In addition to the NJDOT policy, the jurisdictions listed below have enacted resolutions in support of complete streets. See NJ Complete Street Policies for more information.


New Jersey Counties

  • Essex County (April 11, 2012)
  • Mercer County (April 26, 2012)
  • Monmouth County (July 22, 2010)


New Jersey Municipalities

  • Atlantic City, City of (December 7, 2011)
  • Bloomfield, Township of (March 7, 2011)
  • Denville, Township of (November 24, 2010)
  • Dover, Town of (March 27, 2012)
  • Emerson, Borough of (August 17, 2010)
  • Frenchtown, Borough of (March 2, 2011)
  • Harvey Cedars, Borough of (December 2, 2011)
  • Hoboken, City of (November 15, 2010)
  • Jersey City, City of (May 25, 2011)
  • Lawrence, Township of (September 21, 2010)
  • Linwood, City of (February 23, 2011)
  • Maplewood, Township of (February 21, 2012)
  • Maywood, Borough of (June 16, 2011)
  • Montclair, Township of (October 6, 2009)
  • Netcong, Borough of (August 12, 2010)
  • New Brunswick, City of (May 16, 2012)
  • Ocean City, City of (October 13, 2011)
  • Pleasantville, City of (November 21, 2011)
  • Point Pleasant, Borough of (June 21, 2011)
  • Princeton, Borough of (March 13, 2012)
  • Princeton, Township of (March 12, 2012)
  • Raritan, Borough of (June 27, 2011)
  • Red Bank, Borough of (August 9, 2010)
  • Ridgewood, Village of (June 8, 2011)
  • Trenton, City of (March 1, 2012)
  • West Windsor, Township of (July 19, 2010)
  • Vineland, City of (September 27, 2011)




NJDOT Presentation

This PowerPoint presentation was created by NJDOT to educate the public about complete streets and the NJDOT complete streets policy. There are three versions that vary only in length and detail - 45 minutes, 20 minutes and 10 minutes. Detailed speaker notes are included. Feel free to use this presentation in part or in whole to advance complete streets throughout NJ.


Complete Streets Leadership Roundtable

On March 23, 2011, key stakeholders gathered at Rutgers University to a) evaluate the range of complete streets-related
activity currently being undertaken, b) coordinate and share complete streets education efforts, c) discuss what level of monitoring and evaluation is currently happening, and d) highlight performance measures that could be included in an ideal complete streets implementation evaluation framework at the state or municipal level.




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