Noting yet another pedestrian death in the newspaper, I found it a bit ironic that one of the most important factors in the story was its last line. That is, “Though there is not a marked crosswalk on East Broad Street, police said the women were legally crossing the roadway.”

For want of some paint and signage, this woman is dead. Incomplete streets mean people—pedestrians—die.

This is what you get when streets are just built for cars, not people. As-if cars were the citizens, taxpayers, voters. This—more pedestrian deaths—is what you get when municipalities fail to adopt and implement complete streets policies. And sadly you get it over & over & over as statistics reveal.

And yet very few towns in NJ have adopted complete streets policies and even fewer are aggressively implementing such policies which ensure that new road projects are designed with the safety of pedestrians in mind, making it easy to cross the street and walk from place to place.

New Jersey mayors and councils need to get to work. Next time it could be your mother or grandmother or perhaps your son or daughter just trying to walk to school. Dead.


Douglas Johnston

AARP NJ Manager, Advocacy

Princeton, NJ