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  • We Need a Better Way of Measuring How Much People Drive—And Why

    We Need a Better Way of Measuring How Much People Drive—And Why

    May 23, 2022 : 0 comments

    People driving cars and trucks from one place to another is not only a big contributor to New Jersey’s carbon footprint, but also leads to many hours wasted behind the wheel and many dollars spent to build and maintain the state’s road network. In New Jersey, the average licensed driver drives about 33 miles a day. While transportation planners and the general public are aware that daily life involves a lot of driving, the reasons for all this vehicular travel are less widely understood. A better way of measuring vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) might provide some insight into the problem—and what to do about it.

  • Supporting Equitable Access to Transit and Active Transportation

    Supporting Equitable Access to Transit and Active Transportation

    May 23, 2022 : 0 comments

    Creating opportunities for more people to walk, bike, and take public transit is a critical element of growing and developing smarter. As we improve infrastructure and programs to accomplish this goal, we must make sure that we are improving access for everyone, especially those who have traditionally been, and continue to be, excluded or made to feel less safe in these spaces.

  • Community Design for All Ages: A New Sustainable Jersey Municipal Action

    Community Design for All Ages: A New Sustainable Jersey Municipal Action

    May 20, 2022 : 0 comments

    Towns enrolled in the Sustainable Jersey program can now get recognition for completing actions that make their communities more livable. The Sustainable Jersey action, Community Design for All Ages, launched in March 2022, offers several ways for municipalities to engage in age-friendly community-building. New Jersey Future participated in the development of the action, which is based on New Jersey Future’s Creating Great Places To Age: A Community Guide to Implementing Aging-Friendly Land Use Decisions.

  • If You Pave It, They Will Park

    If You Pave It, They Will Park

    April 25, 2022 : 0 comments

    Driving and parking reinforce each other. The provision of parking at every destination encourages people to drive, and the more people drive, the more parking spaces property owners think they need to provide. Fortunately, New Jersey’s older, mixed-use centers show that the pattern can also work in reverse.

  • “Complete Streets” and Goods Delivery: What Is a Street For?

    “Complete Streets” and Goods Delivery: What Is a Street For?

    March 24, 2022 : 0 comments

    The changing nature of shopping means people are more likely to have things delivered to them rather than going to a store to buy them. At the same time, people increasingly want to live in mixed-use neighborhoods where they can walk to local destinations. How should we be thinking about the safety of pedestrians and other non-motorized travelers in an era of increasing truck traffic?

  • Crossroads in New Jersey: Investing in Water Infrastructure “Post-Newark”

    Crossroads in New Jersey: Investing in Water Infrastructure “Post-Newark”

    February 22, 2022 : 0 comments

    Indeed, the full value of Newark’s LSL replacement program lies not in its completion, but in what it suggests about what can be accomplished in communities across the state. Thus, following the completion of Newark’s nationally acclaimed program, the conversation across the state—and across the country—has pivoted from what happened in Newark to what should happen next.

  • Walking and Biking Are Transportation Too

    Walking and Biking Are Transportation Too

    February 18, 2022 : 0 comments

    Local officials, engineers, and transportation planners must start designing streets to convey the message that streets are places where people come first, and vehicles are secondary. “Transit-oriented development” is ultimately about pedestrian-oriented development, since everyone is a pedestrian once they step off the bus, train, or subway.

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