Edison, NJ   -   The Middlesex Greenway, a 3.5 mile shared use path and linear park in Edison, Metuchen, and Woodbridge, is one of six recipients of the 2019 Complete Streets Excellence awards which were announced by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center

The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation, announced the recipients of the 2019 New Jersey Complete Streets Excellence Awards and the 2019 Complete Streets Champion Awards. The awards were presented during a luncheon at the 2019 New Jersey Complete Streets Summit on September 24, 2019 in New Brunswick, NJ. 

The 2019 Complete Streets Excellence Awards were given to six municipalities/organizations/ projects that have demonstrated excellence in Complete Streets implementation. This year’s recipients were the New Brunswick Ciclovia, the City of Jersey City, the Middlesex Greenway, The Circuit Trails, the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape (Township of Union), and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge South Walkway Bicycle and Pedestrian Ramp.  

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The Greenway’s 12 access points allow pedestrians and bicyclists to safely reach various neighborhoods, schools, shops and office buildings. The 10-foot wide paved trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a trail system that connects 15 states from Maine to Florida.

According to Smart Growth America, “Complete Streets” are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.  There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to the context of the community. 

New Jersey has 159 municipalities and eight counties with Complete Streets policies. According to the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, the 2019 award recipients have gone above and beyond in implementing Complete Streets programs that have affected real change in their communities.

The summit was opened by NJDOT Assistant Commissioner Michael Russo, who highlighted how far New Jersey's Complete Streets efforts have come, and by Vinn White, Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Murphy, who applauded the grassroots efforts that led to the new NJDOT Model Complete Streets Policy.