Streets are more than just a way to move people and goods: they play a key role in ensuring that residents and visitors have a high quality of life. The following are just some of the reasons why thinking of streets holistically is important.
Complete streets help communities increase physical activity, reduce traffic injuries and fatalities, and improve the quality of the air and natural environment.
Complete streets incorporate trees, plants and other types of green infrastructure, which can help communities reduce pollutants and manage stormwater.
By promoting access to affordable transportation options, complete streets can lower transportation costs, especially if it reduces the need to own a car. New Jersey communities that have implemented complete streets have also seen a growth in business activity.
Complete streets can benefit all road users, but especially community members with limited transportation options, including seniors, people with disabilities, and those living in lower income neighborhoods.