Debunking the most common Complete Streets myths

As statewide advocates, we lead or participate in many discussions about Complete Streets, traffic calming, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and creating livable communities. From municipality to municipality, we’ve heard the same rhetoric from the uninformed who rarely have any data to back up these claims. Here are the three most common myths we hear about Complete…

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Montclair Ripe for Shared-Use Mobility Options

During the past decade, Montclair Township has undergone substantial investment in mixed-use redevelopment projects along the Bloomfield Avenue corridor, creating new housing options, and igniting a stalled business climate left over from the 2008 recession, all of which translates into new tax ratables. The Mayor and Township Council have made these decisions in part to…

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Advocacy Moves Asbury Park Forward

After Asbury Park’s Mayor John Moor abruptly shut down NJDOT’s proposed road diet along the city’s Main Street/State Route 71 in October 2015, it appeared that Asbury Park was to remain entrenched in its car-centric approach to transportation issues. Although this city had made great strides towards ending the economic blight of the 1980’s and 1990’s, an important opportunity was going to be missed: the chance to remake Main Street into a safe, vibrant corridor that could contribute substantially to the overall uptick in economic vitality that other parts of Asbury Park were experiencing. It also presented the opportunity to break down the chasm that exists in the city between the east and west sides, creating a fully integrated city where underserved communities could safely connect to the business and commercial center of Asbury Park by reaching them through safer bicycling and walking.

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Year-end recap and many opportunities for 2017

From providing guidance to community advocacy groups, to advocating for statewide legislation and funding, to supporting federal policy campaigns, NJBWC was on the job throughout the year, working to make our streets safer for everyone. Although we changed the conversation everywhere we campaigned, there is still so much more to be done in the state. Here…

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Changes in DC Raise Red Flag for Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety in New Jersey

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao to lead the U.S. Department of Transportation, along with a Republican-controlled Congress, may stifle the advancement of bicycle and pedestrian safety efforts for New Jersey. Unlike some of Trump’s other cabinet nominees, Chao actually has some experience in the department in which she would be expected to oversee. She previously worked as labor…

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Asbury Park: What is there to like about Main Street?

Stroad: “…a street/road hybrid and, besides being a very dangerous environment (yes, it is ridiculously dangerous to mix high speed highway geometric design with pedestrians, bikers and turning traffic), they are enormously expensive to build and, ultimately, financially unproductive…The result is an expensive highway and a declining tax base.” Charles Marohn, Strong Towns Stroads represent…

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