Safety on our roads is just as much about pedestrians as automobiles. Now that some school districts are charging parents new busing fees, more must be done to improve walking conditions for pedestrians of all ages. In New Jersey pedestrians involved in traffic fatalities is hovering at 24%. The national average is 12%. New Jersey has very serious transportation issues.

Many Garden State residents, young and old, are facing either limited or even dangerous transportation options. There are hazards at every turn including poor road conditions, dangerous intersections, insufficient traffic control and unsafe crosswalks. Through our property taxes and gasoline taxes, we already pay for a transportation system that should serve all Garden State residents safely. This system clearly needs an upgrade.

AARP New Jersey is urging all members of Congress to sponsor two transportation bills that will address these and other problems. The Complete Streets Act and the Older Driver and Pedestrian Safety and Roadway Enhancement Act will go a long way towards providing safety solutions that make sense. It is time to pave the way for people, not just cars.

Janine Bauer, Esq.

AARP Advocate for Transportation