• The goal of SWACC is to advise, review and monitor implementation of policies and programs affecting travel on foot and by bicycle within Highland Park and between neighboring communities and Rutgers University.
• Committee duties include:
- Review all Borough proposals relating to the use of sidewalks and roads, including, but not limited to, paving, traffic, signage, parking, buses, public transportation, snow removal, and sanitation/recycling collection.
- Review construction proposals, particularly those before the Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and Redevelopment Agency which may affect pedestrian, cyclist, or vehicular traffic on roads or sidewalks, either during or after construction
- Provide to the Borough Council, Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, and Redevelopment Agency and/or any other relevant body the Committee's written assessment of its findings, either approving or rejecting the plans. In the case of a rejection, the Committee will provide specific reasons for its position and suggest modifications.
- Work with the Borough Council to update and implement relevant plans such as the Highland Park Master Plan and other relevant reports.
- Draft new proposals to promote safe walking and cycling for submission to the Borough Council.
- Provide an annual report to the Borough Council on the Committee's activities in the prior year and submitting recommendations on future actions.
- Represent the Mayor/Council as appropriate in discussions with neighboring towns and Rutgers University to pedestrian and bike safety initiatives.
Established in September 2016, some of SWACC’s major accomplishments to date include:
- Received $216,000 Safe Routes to Schools grant from the NJ Dept of Transportation (NJDOT) to install curb cuts and other pedestrian safety improvements around the schools (Bartle and Irving).
- Received free Design Assistance from NJDOT to implement the Safe Routes to School grant.
- Received Local Technical Assistance grant from NJDOT to develop a Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan for the borough.
- Received Walking College grant from AmericaWalks.
- Highland Park Borough was awarded Gold level NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition for its commitment to encouraging and enabling students to walk and bike to school. Bartle and Irving Schools also were awarded Gold level NJ Safe Routes to School Recognition. The Borough was also granted Silver Sustainable Jersey certification and all actions related to active transportation were completed contributing to the certification.
- Developed Highland Park School District Travel Plan and Highland Park School Bike Assessment to document pedestrian and bicycle needs around the schools.
- Sponsor and assist at various walk and bike events such as bike rodeos, walk to school days, bike lane demonstrations, etc.
SWACC meets monthly every third Wednesday at 7pm.