New Brunswick adopted a Complete Streets Policy in May 2012. Complete Streets are streets that accommodate all users of a street: motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and persons with all abilities, including the handicapped, the elderly and children.
- A Complete Streets policy provides that local streets should be upgraded to accommodate all users when a road project is undertaken.
- Complete Streets make the City more competitive for economic development and improve the health of residents.
- Policy includes exceptions for high costs or safety concerns
- State, three counties and 26 other NJ towns have adopted similar policies
Complete Streets is not a project. It is a way of doing business going forward so that the needs of all users of a street are considered and to accommodate those needs by making design changes without substantially increasing the cost of the work.
Further Reading: Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data
John Pucher, PhD, Ralph Buehler, PhD, David R. Bassett, PhD, and Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, American Journal of Public Health | October 2010, Vol 100, No. 10