South Bound Brook adopts Complete Streets program to foster public health
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Jenna Intersimone, @JIntersimone
SOUTH BOUND BROOK – The borough is literally taking steps to improve the health of its residents.
It’s become the 13th of Somerset County’s 21 municipalities to participate in the state’s Complete Streets program that promotes roads designed for safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders.
The adoption of the program continues the borough’s participation in the “Building Bridges to Better Health” initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to foster a “culture of health” in Bound Brook and South Bound Brook. The program is administered by Healthier Somerset.
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“Complete Streets ensures that South Bound Brook’s transportation policies support active, healthy lifestyles among our residents,” said Mayor Caryl Shoffner. “South Bound Brook is a walkable, livable community, and we are completely supportive of this initiative.”
“Healthier Somerset applauds Mayor Shoffner and the South Bound Brook Borough Council for their support of Complete Streets,” said Serena Collado, director, Community Health, RWJSomerset and convener of Healthier Somerset. “By approving and implementing transportation policy initiatives that encourage healthy activities such as walking and bike riding, South Bound Brook officials are improving public health in their town.”
In October 2016, the Somerset County Board of Freeholders became the eighth New Jersey county to pass a resolution in support of the state’s Complete Streets program. South Bound Brook joins Bedminster, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Far Hills, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, Millstone, Montgomery, North Plainfield, Raritan and Somerville as “Complete Streets” communities.
The goal of Complete Streets is to increase pedestrian safety, encourage residents to shops and bicycle to work. Complete Streets policies also allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.
“Building Bridges to Better Health” launched in November 2016 with a series of focus groups and key informant interviews to create a deeper understanding of community resources and concerns. The initiative is focusing on safety, transportation, community services, food and nutrition, schools, and health and healthcare. More information about the initiative is available at www.buildingbridgestobetterhealth.org.
Healthier Somerset promotes healthy lifestyles through collaboration among its partners. Its strategic goals are to engage Somerset County residents in good health habits, increase access to choices that promote healthy lifestyles and promote policy changes that improve health. For more information about Healthier Somerset, visit www.healthiersomerset.org.
Staff Writer Mike Deak: 908-243-6607; firstname.lastname@example.org
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