Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey


Complete Streets: From Policy Adoption to Implementation in New Jersey

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About this webinar: This webinar will cover complete streets, in general and in New Jersey, discussing every topic from complete streets policy adoption to implementation. In addition to highlighting successful municipal and county case studies focused on complete streets implementation, this webinar will highlight strategies on getting complete streets polices passed at the municipal level and creating elderly-friendly communities.

  • Webinar Date:  Thursday, June 12, 2014
  • Time:  11:00am – 12:15pm PDT / 2:00pm – 3:15pm EDT
  • Webinar is FREE and log-in instructions will be sent upon registration
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Complete Streets are streets that are designed, operated, and maintained with all users in mind—bicyclists, pedestrians, motorists, etc. In New Jersey, the state department of transportation (NJDOT), 93 municipalities, and 6 counties have adopted complete streets, making New Jersey one of the nation’s leaders in the number of municipalities with complete streets policies.

At the conclusion of the webinar, attendees should be able to:
1) Understand the differences between complete streets and an incomplete street.
2) Discuss specific New Jersey complete streets implementation case studies on the county and municipal level.
3) Pursue or encourage complete streets policy adoption and implementation in their town or county.
4) Understand the link between complete streets and elder-friendly communities.
5) Recognize inexpensive/cost-saving infrastructure improvements to make cities more bikeable and walkable.
Webinar Program:
Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

“Getting a Complete Streets Policy Passed in Your Community”
Presenter: Jerry Fried, Former Mayor of Montclair (NJ) and Lead Ambassador, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

“Complete Streets, What’s Aging Got to Do with It?”
Presenter: Karen Alexander, MPA, Managing Director, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Rutgers University

Case Study: “Complete Streets Implementation in Passaic County”
Presenter:  Michael Lysicatos, Senior Planner, Passaic County Department of Planning and Economic Development

Case Study: “Complete Streets Implementation in Newark, NJ”
Presenter: Jack Nata, Manager, Division of Traffic and Signals, City of Newark, NJ

Presenter Bios:
Charles Brown, MPA, is a Senior Research Specialist with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and Adjunct Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He has 12 years of public and private sector experience in the field of transportation planning, policy, and research. He has extensive experience working with municipal, county, and state government agencies, for-profits, and non-profit organizations in three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey. He also has experience conducting outreach to communities of varying social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds.

As a livability and healthy community advocate, he is considered a regional thought leader and a leading voice in encouraging complete streets policy adoption and implementation in New Jersey. Since 2011, through strategic collaborations with transportation, health, school, environmental and other professionals, he has assisted more than 60 municipalities and three counties with adopting complete streets policies. During this time, he served as one of the lead instructors for twelve deliveries of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Complete Streets course and worked with health professionals on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Belhaven College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Jerry Fried serves as one of the Lead Ambassadors in the pilot New Jersey Ambassadors in Motion program. His responsibilities include managing the Complete Streets campaign, and building and sustaining relationships with elected officials, counties, and municipalities throughout NJ. Jerry Fried is a former Mayor of Montclair and a resident for 23 years. The Township has become a leader in sustainability initiatives and was the first Municipality in New Jersey to adopt a Complete Streets policy, something the State of New Jersey itself later adopted. He is the founder and former President of Bike/Walk Montclair, which works to make Montclair a safer place for pedestrians and cyclists and has been instrumental in procuring hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants for the Township. The group’s annual Tour de Montclair family bike ride attracts about 1000 participants.

Karen Alexander, MPA, Managing Director of NJTIP @ Rutgers, leads a team of professionals dedicated to increasing mobility for seniors and people with disabilities across New Jersey. Her prior positions at the Wilf Campus for Senior Living, and at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, focused on helping older adults live longer in their own communities. Major projects included LIVE– Lifelong Involvement for Vital Elders, an aging-in-place program that reached over 1,800 seniors monthly in three NJ towns; On The Go!, senior mobility workshops with transit field trips and pedestrian outings, and a recent study for the Partners for Health Foundation entitled, “How Can We Help Older Residents of Montclair Age in Place?” Prior to moving to New Jersey, her career focused on senior mobility and accessible transportation, with positions at NJ TRANSIT, NYC Transit, Urbitran and Access-A-Ride. Ms. Alexander is certified as an Assisted Living Administrator by the State of New Jersey and holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in Aging from Hunter College. She earned her Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from UCLA.

Michael Lysicatos is a Senior Planner with the Passaic County Department of Planning Economic Development located inTotowa, New Jersey. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, a Professional Certificate in Geomatics from Rutgers University and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Michael has been with the County since 2005 specializing in the use of GIS and other technologies to develop urban design solutions that integrate land use and transportation decisions. Michael is involved with regional planning in his capacity as the chair of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s (NJTPA) Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) and participation with the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association. One of the department’s most recent efforts was the development of an update to the Transportation Element of the Passaic County Master Plan referred to as Moving Passaic County. The plan addresses all aspects of the transportation system with strategies that support economic development, environmental sustainability and mobility needs throughout the County. Complete Streets Guidelines provide the avenue to implement the plan through the guiding principles set by the NJDOT by marrying context sensitive design with engineering standards. The plan received a 2013 Smart Growth Award from New Jersey Future.

Jack Nata manages the Division of Traffic and Signals, which is responsible for the City of Newark’s transportation infrastructure. This includes planning, design, construction and maintenance for the largest City in New Jersey. He over sees a staff of 32 employees, which includes planners, engineers, administrative staff and maintenance staff. He oversees an annual budget of $10 million per year, and over $10 million yearly in state and federal grants. Since assuming the management role he has: adopted a Complete Streets Policy; is in the process of preparing a Complete Streets Implementation Plan; implemented a Citywide Bike Lane Program; is in the process of developing a Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Action Plan; implemented the State of New Jersey’s largest Red Light Running Photo Enforcement Program; adopted the City’s Master Plan Mobility Element; and implemented electronic permit processing for all street and sidewalk permits, and parking permits.

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About our All Things Walking Program This webinar is part of an America Walks program on “All Things Walking” that includes webinars, telephone discussion forums, on-line technical resources, community-based workshops, and customized technical assistance designed to empower local communities to implement walking strategies and interventions in their communities.  For more information, please contact

This webinar is made possible with support from Shaping NJ, the state partnership for nutrition, physical activity and obesity prevention. The goal of this partnership is to prevent obesity and improve the health of populations that are at risk for poor health outcomes in New Jersey by making “the healthy choice, the easy choice.”