Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Mercer County Adopts A Complete Streets Policy

According to the West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance, Mercer County, NJ became the first suburban county in the Greater Philadelphia Region to adopt a complete streets policy. Mercer joins four of its municipalities (Trenton, Princeton Borough, Princeton Township, West Windsor Township), the City of Philadelphia, and the State of NJ to adopt such a policy. New Jersey now can claim 3 counties and 26 municipalities. In Pennsylvania only Philadelphia and the Borough of Franklin have adopted such a policy.

The spread of complete streets policies at the county and municipal level can be partly attributed to NJ DOT's aggressive outreach. The DOT has been conducting complete streets workshops throughout the state and giving preferential points for competitive state transportation dollars such as Local Aid Bikeway Funds. The Sustainable Jersey certification program also factors in complete streets policies.

Complete streets policies do not replace good old bicycle and pedestrian plans, but if implemented properly they can transform road networks into networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.

What are complete streets? See below for an introductory video.

Video - The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) on YouTube