Through funding from the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), the Town initiated this effort to develop a plan to make bicycling and walking more comfortable, accessible, and safer for residents and visitors alike. The plan will create a framework for planning and implementing both short-term and long-term bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Westfield, with the findings to be incorporated into the circulation and transportation components of the Town's Master Plan Reexamination.
This report was prepared as part of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) Complete Streets Technical Assistance Program, with financing by the Federal Transit Administration and the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The NJTPA created the CSTA Program in 2018 to assist municipalities in advancing or implementing complete streets, which was a need identified through the Together North Jersey consortium. Sustainable Jersey (SJ) and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) at Rutgers University were retained to provide technical assistance for this program. This program was designed to support nine municipal governments seeking to implement complete streets in their communities. Municipalities were selected for the program based on the following criteria: the need for technical assistance, commitment to implementation, stakeholder support, and the strength of the municipal team.
This report identifies a number of recommendations to promote walking as a means of travel and to improve walkability along North Avenue, based on findings from a half-day Walkable Community Workshop (WCW) with municipal employees and town stakeholders that was held on March 25, 2019.