New Jersey was recently ranked number one in policy adoption for its Complete Streets traffic safety program. With a high level participation on a county and municipal level, the program is quickly gaining ground as the best in the nation. Ideally, more areas of the country and state will follow the lead of cities and counties in New Jersey, reducing the number of traffic accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents until accidents are eliminated entirely.
What is “Complete Streets”?
Complete Streets are streets that are designed with everyone’s safety in mind. Part of a national effort to develop streets that allow vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian use, Complete Streets strives to improve the ability to walk or bike to work, access shops, and safely cross streets. While Complete Streets differ by area, some features of Complete Streets include the following.
- Bike lanes
- Median islands
- Accessible pedestrian shops
- Pedestrian-only areas
The above list is not inclusive; other traffic safety initiatives that are put in place to protect pedestrians and cyclists may be considered Complete Street policies.
New Jersey Ranked Number One
The National Complete Streets Coalition ranked New Jersey number one in the nation for policy adoption. The first-place status came as a result of 114 municipal policies and seven county policies; 29 polices were adopted in 2013, and 20 more were adopted in 2014. What’s more, 38.67 percent of New Jersey’s population lives in a municipality with a Complete Streets policy, and 48.23 percent of the population lives in a county with a Complete Streets policy. The two largest cities in New Jersey — Newark and Jersey City — have also adopted Complete Streets’ polices, as has Middlesex County. The full list of counties and municipalities in New Jersey that have adopted a Complete Street policy can be found online at http://njbikeped.org/complete-streets-2/.
What happens after a pedestrian or bicycle accident in New Jersey?
After a pedestrian or bicycle accident in New Jersey, the most important thing an injured person can do is seek medical care. Then victims of accidents should call an attorney as soon as possible. Pedestrians and bicyclists have full rights to compensation in New Jersey and have the legal right to file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver for the full damages amount. Rather than settling with the insurance company immediately following your accident, let our attorneys help you get the compensation amount that you deserve.
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