MILLBURN, NJ - Mayor Cheryl Burstein announced that Millburn Township is one of six communities honored with a 2017 Complete Streets Excellence Award at the township committee meeting last Tuesday. The award is presented by the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Transportation to towns and projects that "have demonstrated excellence in Complete Streets implementation."
“We are gratified that our Township will receive a Complete Streets Excellence award,” says Millburn Township Mayor Cheryl Burstein. “This project is helping to create a safer, more user-friendly and vibrant downtown. We have seen a reduction in accidents, decreased speeds on main streets and greater accessibility to all of our incredible businesses for all residents.”
The award committee encapsulated Millburn's Complete Streets effort that led to this award. "In July 2014, Millburn Township adopted a Complete Streets Policy outlining a series of goals and objectives to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists, improve traffic flow, calm traffic where appropriate, and enhance the vibrancy of Millburn’s streets. Since that time, the Township has made tremendous and, in some cases, unprecedented strides in the development and implementation of Complete Streets. Most notably, the township committed nearly $8.5 million to improve pedestrian safety and economic vitality in the downtown."
The New Jersey Department of Transportation's Complete Streets policy defines 'Complete Streets' as "means to provide safe access for all users by designing and operating a comprehensive, integrated, connected multi‐modal network of transportation options." Policy 703 continues further outlining the intended benefits of the Complete Streets program to include, but not limited to:
• Improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, children, older citizens, non‐drivers and the mobility challenged as well as those that cannot afford a car or choose to live car free.
• Provide connections to bicycling and walking trip generators such as employment, education, residential, recreation, retail centers and public facilities.
• Reduce traffic congestion and reliance on carbon fuels thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
• Complete Streets make fiscal sense by incorporating sidewalks, bike lanes, safe crossings and transit amenities into the initial design of a project, thus sparing the expense of retrofits later.
The award winners were decided by the 2017 Complete Streets Summit Planning Committee, chaired by Mr. Charles Brown, Senior Research Manager at the Voorhees Transportation Center. The committee includes representatives from The Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Authority, The South Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, The New Jersey Bike&Walk Coalition, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Sustainable Jersey, The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, NJ TRANSIT, and other experts on Complete Streets policy and implementation.
Millburn joins other honorees The Borough of Somerville, Cape May County, The Ironbound Neighborhood in the City of Newark, Kings Highway Trail, the City of Morristown, Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition; Burlington City High School; The Honorable William Pickolycky, Mayor of Woodbine; and The Honorable Bill Curtis, Mayor of Bay Head and GO Bay Head at a luncheon on October 24.