Originally Published on impacttrenton.org
The Complete Street Summit at Rutgers took place on October 21st, with a new category of awards called the Complete Streets Champion, modeled off of the incredible efforts of the Trenton Green Team. The Green Team was one of two recipients of this award at Monday’s Summit.
“Complete Streets” is a concept that requires making streets safer and more accommodating to road users of all ages and abilities, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and public transportation users. It requires collaboration between planners, engineers, public officials, transportation-related organizations and residents.
The Trenton Green Team has been working for the past few years to develop a “Complete Streets” policy in Trenton. Through efforts of the Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton, Trenton Cycling Revolution, Isles, Concerned Pastors and Ministers of Trenton, the City Planning Department, supportive members of City Council & more, the policy was adopted in 2012.
Several months later, the adoption of Trenton’s “Complete Streets” policy contributed to Trenton’s bronze certification by Sustainable Jersey.
But this isn’t the first accolade that Trenton has received for its work with “Complete Streets.” Earlier this year, Smart Growth America ranked Trenton as #8 in the nation for our comprehensive Complete Streets program. “The policies passed in 2012 are some of the strongest we’ve seen,” said Stefanie Seskin, Deputy Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. “The communities included in this year’s analysis have done a stellar job drafting strong, comprehensive policies to create streets that work for everyone.” Read more and get the full report.
Now comes the hard work … implementation! Keep up to speed with Trenton’s “Complete Streets” progress by following the Trenton Green Team on Facebook.
Or better yet, get involved! Find out how.