Friday, July 10, 2009

Mercer County's Bicycle Master Planning Kicks Off

Mercer County has submitted and received approval from NJDOT for planning assistance to create county bicycle master plan.

The larger part of the project will be the development of a county bicycle and master plan, it has not been determined yet if the plan will have a pedestrian component. In addition, a consultant was retained to do a feasibility analysis of the bikeway proposal for Route 546 popular bicycle route which stretches across the County.

Free Bicycle and Pedestrian planning assistance to counties and municipalities is one the major factors as to why New Jersey has received a high Bicycle Friendly State ranking. The implementation of the program is determined by the enthusiasm and support of the municipal government who must apply directly to the DOT for planning assistance. In comparison Pennsylvania governments are pretty much left to their own devices to design and implement such plans.