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Common Council Approves Complete Streets Resolution

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, June 12, 2014 • 9:18am

SUMMIT, NJ -  The City of Summit Common Council has adopted a Complete Streets policy.  The resolution was introduced by Councilmember Sandra Lizza, Chairman of the Public Works Committee, and was developed with input from City engineer Aaron Schrager and members of the Environmental Commission.  

While the City has incorporated most elements of Complete Streets into its planning over the past several years, adoption of the resolution formalizes these standards and creates an opportunity for the City to benefit from NJ Department of Transportation grant money available to municipalities who have implemented Complete Streets policies.

“Complete streets recognize that roadways need to consider multi-modal opportunities as part of a complete transportation system, not just as amenities,” explains Lizza.  “An increase in pedestrian accessibility will not only make our streets more complete, but will also help to promote foot traffic in the business district. Every trip begins and ends with someone walking.” 

The City of Summit defines Complete Streets as: A system of streets planned, designed and constructed to provide appropriate access to all legal users in a manner that promotes safe and efficient movement of people and goods whether by automobile, truck, transit, assisted device, foot, or bicycle.  Potential users include pedestrians, bicyclists, transit users, motorists, and trucks.

 "We see our community as a place where cyclists, skateboarders, walkers, and those with assisted-mobility vehicles, strollers, and wheelchairs are able to get around safely and share our streets,” explains Lizza.  “While we work towards bicycling and pedestrian safety and education in our community, it is equally important to have supportive infrastructure that encourages this behavior.

For information on the City of Summit Complete Streets policy, visit cityofsummit.org.
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