TRENTON, NJ --  Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Mercer/Middlesex) wants to improve pedestrian safety while encouraging students to get involved and demonstrate their ingenuity through the Creative Crosswalks Pilot Program. It would allow New Jersey students to help design these painted "Creative Crosswalks" using a combination of colors, textures, and scoring patterns to beautify and improve the visibility of an existing crosswalk. 

“Pedestrian safety is a critical concern throughout our state, but especially in urban environments. Creative crosswalk programs provide an opportunity to address these needs with engagement and support from the broader community as a whole," said Benson. "Encouraging student participation in this manner not only furthers their artistic growth, but involves them directly in planning and improvement processes in their own communities."

Under the bill (A-2302), the Commissioner of Transportation would establish a five-year pilot program to provide resources for up to 10 public schools each year to install these creative crosswalks in place of existing crosswalks within their municipality. Public schools that want to participate would need to submit an application, then students from each of the selected schools in the North, Central and South Jersey regions would submit their proposed designs for approval.

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"Not only will we create safer, cost-efficient, and low-maintenance alternatives to standard crosswalks, but we will help to build the next generation of urban planners and designers," added Benson. 

The measure was approved by the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee, of which Benson serves as chairman, in a unanimous bi-partisan vote. 

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