Working for Smart Growth:
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Bicycle and Pedestrian

New Jersey ranks third among states in the percentage of households not owning a vehicle (11.4 percent) and fourth for households owning either one or zero vehicles (45.1 percent).

Yet, since 1970, vehicle miles traveled in New Jersey has increased at a rate four times faster than the state’s population—thanks in large part to the sprawling, auto-dependent development that has prevailed in recent decades. This increase has helped make transportation the largest, and fastest-growing, contributor to the state’s overall carbon footprint.

With these numbers in mind, it makes sense to encourage pedestrian and bicycle behavior by constructing safe roads and routes that accommodate all users. New Jersey Future is an advocate for “Complete Streets,” ensuring that roadways are designed and operated to enable safe access for pedestrians, bikes and the disabled, not just cars.

Riding a bicycle or walking represents an affordable and convenient way to get around, particularly for short distances, and travel by bike or foot can also help people get more active.  Our environment—physical, social and cultural—affects our daily behavior. If we want to encourage healthy choices every day about eating and physical activity, we need environments where such choices are available, affordable and easy.  As New Jersey strives to reduce emissions from the transportation sector in order to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, turning these short auto trips into a walk or a bike ride would be a good place to start.

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New Jersey Should Re-Join Greenhouse Gas Initiative

New Jersey Future provided comments strongly supporting the state’s continued membership in the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative as a way to generate funds for energy conservation and alternatives.

After: The new design of County Road 518 includes a bicycle lane and stormwater management elements; Photo Credit: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Hopewell Becomes First Municipality in New Jersey To Adopt Complete Streets Ordinance

Hopewell became the 103th municipality to adopt such a policy and the first municipality to do so via a Complete Streets ordinance.

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Innovation Districts: New Jersey Has the Right Ingredients

A Brookings Institution report and event, including live webcast, on the rise of innovation districts highlight their potential as economic-development tools. Such districts can serve as models for New Jersey at it seeks to attract economic growth.

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A Solution to New Jersey’s Transportation Funding Problem Is on the Horizon

Can fees on shoes, tolls on sidewalks and subsidies for SUVs help solve New Jersey’s transportation funding problem?

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Report: Many Older New Jerseyans Don’t Live in Aging-Friendly Places

A new report identifies a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared, from a land-use perspective, to accommodate them.

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Creating Places To Age in New Jersey

There is a significant mismatch in New Jersey between where large numbers of older residents live and which municipalities are most prepared to accommodate them. This report matches every municipality against four age-friendliness indicators, and analyzes the degree to which New Jersey’s older residents are living in places that, from a land-use perspective, are not prepared to accommodate their changing needs. January 2014.

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Targeting Transit: Assessing Development Opportunities Around New Jersey’s Transit Stations

New Jersey has 243 transit facilities, ranging from small single-track stations to major multi-line hubs. The unique characteristics of each station, of its immediate neighborhood, and of its surrounding municipality mean that a wide variety of development strategies should be brought to bear in order to maximize each location’s potential. This report shows how data assembled by New Jersey Future can be used to make decisions on how to target various kinds of transit-oriented development efforts. September 2012.

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New Jersey Future Creates Database of Development Assets Near Transit Facilities

Sept. 24, 2012: New Jersey Future announced it has assembled a comprehensive database of development-related statistics for the state’s 243 transit stations and their surrounding neighborhoods.

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Transforming the State’s Streets

2013 Smart Growth Awards: A comprehensive policy, along with a strong outreach effort, is helping the State of New Jersey and its municipalities re-envision streets in order to consider the needs of all users.

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Filling in the Gaps

An assessment of how comprehensively New Jersey’s Department of Transportation has implemented its Complete Streets Policy. September 2011.

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