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Editorial: Safer streets, healthier children

November 25, 2012 | Community News

Originally published in The Times of Trenton  on

We couldn’t agree more with the letter writer about her support of Complete Streets policies for communities throughout New Jersey (“Make byways safer for everyone to use,” Oct. 12).

As community partners committed to reducing childhood obesity in Trenton, we also understand that better sidewalks, bike lanes, crosswalks and signage are key environmental changes needed to make our communities safer and friendlier places for our children to exercise.

We are pleased to report that the Trenton City Council welcomed our interest in Complete Streets and adopted a clear resolution of support last March. Last month, the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton organized a Complete Streets training session attended by council member Zachary Chester, city staff and volunteers from the Trenton planning board, green team and community. NJPHK looks forward to further improvements to our streets and neighborhoods that will benefit all Trenton residents.

— Elyse Pivnick, Samuel Frisby, Dan Fatton, Andrew Carten, Jerome Harris, Lucy Guzman and Pam Graziadei,
The writers are members of the steering committee for the New Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton (, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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