The City’s commitment to open, accessible streets for all was recognized with a Complete Streets Excellence Award at the New Jersey Complete Streets Summit on October 26, hosted by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
New Brunswick adopted a Complete Streets policy in 2012, intended to make New Brunswick safer and more accessible for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The policy’s adoption has led to the installation of miles of new bike lanes and sharrows (painted signs on the pavement reminding drivers to share the road with cyclists) as well as bicycle corrals to provide cyclists with safer travel routes.
Pedestrian improvements have included flashing crosswalks in various neighborhoods, curb extensions to shorten the crossing distance at busy intersections and the installation of three-foot pylons at street corners to prevent illegal parking and to increase visibility for both drivers and pedestrians.
The City is also partnering with Middlesex County to design a Livingston Avenue “road diet” to improve safety there by redesigning the traffic lanes and adding bicycle and pedestrian amenities.
Held bi-annually, the purpose of the summit was to provide information for municipalities interested in implementing their own Complete Streets policies, as well as highlight the work being done by towns that have already committed to Complete Streets.
“When residents are able to utilize safe, well-designed streets in their daily travels, it lends to their overall sense of security and contentment with their city, provides more opportunities for them to get out and get moving, and connects people with their neighborhoods, making for a stronger community,” said Mayor Jim Cahill.
Additional Complete Streets Honorees Excellence Award winners for 2015 include the municipalities of Camden, Highland Park, Hoboken, Ocean City and the County of Passaic.