A Healthier Somerset Initiative to make Bound Brook & South Bound Brook Healthier & Stronger Communities.


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“Building Bridges to Better Health” is working towards better transportation options to support health and well-being.

Transportation Options

"Building Bridges to Better Health" is working toward better transportation options to support health and well-being. We worked with the Rutgers Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy to prepare a detailed Pedestrian and Bicycle Travel Plan for the two towns.


  • 4-H Student Ambassadors painted street murals and built a “parklet” to improve walkability and sense of community.

  • Free bike helmets were distributed to kids in both towns by police.

  • Both towns have prioritized “Complete Streets”, which are roads designed for all users, including walkers, bikers, drivers, and transit riders of all ages and abilities.


We heard about many transportation challenges in the two communities:

  • Because of the geography of the region, it helps to have a car to access basic services. This can be a challenge for some senior citizens and Latino families who either cannot or do not drive or have a car.

  • Barriers to walking and biking in the two communities, which could be addressed through improvements in sidewalks, bike lanes, lighting, and traffic calming.

  • Limited availability of transportation services, especially for seniors and Latino families.

Performance Goals

  • Communities will be easy and safe for walking and biking.

  • Residents will increase their walking and biking.

  • Adequate and varied transportation services will be available to support resident needs.