Trenton should embrace and celebrate its walkable network, and work to design and implement complete streets throughout the City. The City needs to identify and prioritize improvements that will bring about Complete Streets, achieving the goals set out in its Complete Streets Policy. To determine priorities for implementation, the City of Trenton should complete a Complete Streets Implementation Action Plan to study, inventory, and overlay desired outcomes from all previous planning efforts plans. This plan should prioritize on-road and trail routes in order to seek State and Federal funding for implementation. These on-road and trail routes should be reflected in the City’s Infrastructure Maintenance and Prioritization Database.
As part of this effort, the City should take note of the fact that some local roads in Trenton are oversized. The City should investigate where it can implement a road diet to convert roadway space to bicycle facilities, pedestrian space, bulb-outs, raised medians, and landscaped areas to calm traffic. Figure 2 shows the proposed and potential complete streets network in Trenton. See also the Make Trenton Roads Safer Initiative for more details.
The City should also identify which streets might benefit from the proposed Great Streets Program, which applies a multi-disciplinary approach to corridor improvement. A Great Streets Program would include public realm investments, land use plans, public safety strategies, urban design standards, and economic development assistance.
The City must also integrate bicycle and pedestrian planning and safety considerations more fully into the planning and design of City and County roads, trail networks, transit facilities, public buildings, and parks. To knit together the various trail systems, Trenton should add bike lanes or shared lanes on roadways, and safe trail and street crossings with enhanced visibility. Work on this initiative must be closely coordinated with the recommendations made in the Comprehensive Capital City Regional Trail Network Initiative. Many on-road routes have already been identified in previous plans. Of particular note is the recently completed Downtown Trenton Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan (DVRPC: 2016). In addition, this Master Plan has identified a number of proposed multi-purpose Trails. For more information, see the District Plans.
Finally, the City of Trenton should provide, support, and promote Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs aimed at reducing the number of car trips and miles driven to increase the efficiency of the transportation system. This will not only reduce the amount of congestion on roads but will also open up opportunities to dedicate road space to non-automotive transportation.
Early efforts that are likely to have large impacts include simple wayfinding, trail maintenance and repairs, and incorporating bicycle curb cuts at trail/road crossings, as well as undertaking a prioritized Sidewalk Repair Study. These actions would allow the City to make short-term gains while longer-term projects are developed, and are also closely related to actions identified in the Make Trenton Roads Safer for All Initiative.
Finally, complete streets implementation could be supported by pilot projects like the Play-Street-Scape Pilot Program in which the City develops a daily vehicular use closure plan along a street to connect schools to parks and open spaces after school. Coordinating this work through the Infrastructure Maintenance, Prioritization, and Management Initiative will increase effectiveness and efficiency.