Saturday, July 25, 2009

A Bike Plan For Central Camden County

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has published a bicycle and multi-use trail master plan in cooperation with 10 municipalities in central Camden County: Berlin Township, Berlin Borough, Clementon, Gibbsboro, Hi-Nella, Laurel Springs, Lindenwold, Somerdale, Stratford and Voorhees.

The funding for this master plan was paid for with a Smart Growth grant form the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC). Implementation of the plan is dependent upon the the municipalities so it is very important for residents to press their elected officials to take action towards completing the recommendations in their respective communities.

We love the concept of multi-municipal bicycle plans since most bicycle trips are under 5 miles but often cross municipal lines. It's also a great opportunity for local municipalities to plan together with their neighbors, increasing the likelyhood of municipal buy-in. With New Jersey's and Pennsylvania's home rule government structure a strong suburban bicycle network can only be implemented by the municipalities working together.


Andrew J. Besold said...
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Andrew J. Besold said...

I'm impressed. This is a pretty decent report!

I got through roughly 1/3rd of it and I very much like what I saw so far. This is one of the few bicycle plans I've seen for a region of NJ that actually has the fortitude to recommend on street facilities like lanes and routes (many officials shy away from routes in particular in NJ since they fear that if someone gets hurt using a route that they will be sued!).

I also like that the report recommends regular maintenance of bicycle lanes including sweeping. This detail shows that those who wrote this at DVRPC were really on the ball!

Andrew J. Besold said...

Unfortunately I just found out that the person who wrote this is no longer at DVRPC.

Such a shame. This was one of the most comprehensive, clear and well written bicycle master plans done for a region in New Jersey that I ever read!

Anonymous said...

To Andy B

The person who wrote the report is still at DVRPC. Please contact me if you want more info.