Issue: 07                                     Local Government Services                           July 2019 

 

Cross County

Connection

 

Ronda R. Urkowitz,

PP, AICP,

Executive Director

(856) 596-8228

 urkowitz@driveless.com

 

 

Patrick C. Farley, AICP, PP

Program Director

(856) 596-8228

 

Cross County

Connection Services:

 

 Bicycle & Pedestrian Services

 

Complete Streets

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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters provide information on  transportation-related activities, projects, funding opportunities, events and accomplishments in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!

 

NJDOT & SJTPO to Host Complete Streets Education Workshop in Cumberland County

 

The South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), will host a FREE Complete Streets Education Workshop on Thursday, August 1st in the Banquet Room at Rowan College of South Jersey, Cumberland County Campus.

 

The workshop will include training on both Complete Streets planning and design. Registration starts at 9:30 AM and the event will run from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM. This workshop satisfies Sustainable Jersey’s requirement for a minimum of one Complete Streets Team member to attend a training for a minimum of 1.5 hours to complete the “Institute Complete Streets” action. PDH and AICP credit is also available for those who attend. Please contact Pete Kremer at (609) 512-3539 or by email to RSVP.

 

Date and Time: August 1st, 2019 from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Location: Rowan College of South Jersey, Cumberland County Campus, 3322 College Drive, Vineland, NJ 08360

Cost: Free

Congress Looks to Improve Roadway

Safety for Pedestrians and Bicyclists

 

Two pieces of legislation recently introduced to the U.S. Congress look to improve the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists on dangerous roadways. The Safe and Friendly for the Environment (SAFE) Streets Act and the Complete Streets Act aim to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist deaths nationwide. The pedestrian fatality rate in the United States has increased 27% between 2007 and 2016.

 

Representatives Julia Brownley (D-CA), Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced the SAFE Streets Act to the House of Representatives. The act will amend the Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), adding a rule which requires funding from state and local transportation agencies to be directed toward areas where the bicycle and pedestrian fatality rate exceeds 1.5 deaths per 100,000 residents. New Jersey had the 17th highest rate of pedestrian fatalities with 1.85 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 residents.

 

The Complete Streets Act, introduced in both houses of Congress by Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN), promotes safe streets for all road users by requiring states to set aside 5% of federal highway funds for Complete Streets programs and development. In order to access the funding, states and local municipalities must adopt a Complete Streets policy and engage in technical assistance to implement pedestrian improvement projects.

 

Though both acts are in the early stages of development, the introduction of legislation promoting pedestrian safety at the federal level is promising. Stay tuned for more information on the two acts. If you are interested in Complete Streets for your community please contact Patrick Farley, Cross County Connection’s Program Director, by email or at (856) 596-8228.

Local News & Workshops

 

How Atlantic City Can Become Bike-Friendly

An article in the Press of Atlantic City highlights the lack of bicycle infrastructure in a city where the average household owns only one car. Full article: https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/rac/transportation/how-atlantic-city-can-become-bike-friendly/article_b00b7b8b-3949-5cac-aaaf-505cc17d9339.html

 

Community Calls for Action after Child Killed While

Crossing the White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City

A community is demanding action after a 7-year-old boy was hit and killed by a truck in Egg Harbor City. Another woman, crossing with the child, suffered life-threatening injuries. Residents say the road is unsafe for pedestrians and drivers frequently speed.

 

Sign up for a Free Webinar on Improving Intersection

Safety for all Road Users

This free webinar will focus on safety considerations for non-motorized users at intersections. Panelists include engineers from VHB and researchers from the UNC Highway Safety Resource Center

Date: Friday, July 26th, 2019

 

Cross County Connection's Mission: To improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation solutions.

 

About Us: Cross County Connection, a nonprofit organization, partners with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), member organizations and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, to provide solutions to complex transportation problems for counties, municipalities and employers in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties.

This Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association publication is funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The U.S. Government and NJTPA assume no liability for the contents.