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August 26, 2010

Re:  Save the Date!

NJ Complete Streets Summit
Friday, October 22, 2010
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Dear Mayor:

The New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Voorhees Transportation Center, with funding from the Federal Highway Administration, are pleased to announce the NJ Complete Streets Summit, cosponsored by the NJ Chapter of the American Planning Association. The Department of Transportation recently adopted a Complete Streets Policy, and would like to help spread the word about this program, encouraging more counties and municipalities to adopt their own policies. The summit will educate engineers, planners, and elected officials about Complete Streets, its benefits and costs, and how to overcome barriers to implementing a Complete Streets policy. Topics will include an introduction to Complete Streets, policies and supporting processes, design and planning, cost and funding, and liability. Michael Ronkin, an internationally-recognized consultant and speaker on innovative, practical street design, will be the keynote speaker.

Complete Streets are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users - pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that agencies routinely design and maintain the entire right of way to enable safe access for anyone who may use it. Having a Complete Streets policy can benefit a community in many ways, including making their grant applications for state funding more competitive. A Complete Streets program is also eligible for points toward Sustainable Jersey certification and can help a municipality meet its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

An announcement with RSVP information will be sent out within a few weeks. The event is free, and space is limited. While the primary audience is engineers, planners, and elected officials in county and local government, a limited number of seats will be reserved for non-profit organizations and the general public. We will be seeking AICP certification maintenance credits for this event. If you'd like to make sure you're on our mailing list, reply to bikeped@rci.rutgers.edu.

Hope to see you in October.

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

 

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