Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Mantua Township Claims The First Suburban Complete Streets Policy

This Monday Mantua Township in Gloucester County, NJ became the latest community to adopt a complete streets policy. Thanks are owed to the Township Committee and Mayor Scirroto, the Tri State Transportation Campaign, and Action Wheels Bike Shop co-owner and Mantua resident Patti Woodward.
Complete streets policies can help
 NJ towns obtain certification
Mantua now becomes the 29th municipality in New Jersey and the first community in the Philadelphia suburbs to adopt a policy or resolution.

Adopting a complete streets policies in New Jersey is more than a pledge to make the streets safer for all. It offers financial incentives. For example the State DOT gives towns with complete streets policies a point for competitive local aid funding rounds like the bikeways grant and safe routes to transit. A complete streets policy add up to 20 points for Sustainable Jersey certification (a program for municipalities in New Jersey that want to go green, save money, and take steps to sustain their quality of life over the long term). Sustainable Jersey has proven to be popular with over 60% of the state's municipalities participating.

Way to go Mantua!