Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Working For Better Roads In Gloucester County

On Friday November 18th, municipal officials and local volunteers conducted a bikeability and walkability study of dangerous conditions at 3 locations – Route 45 in Woodbury, Berkley Road in Mantua, and W. Mantua Avenue in Wenonah.

All good sidewalks must come to an end

The effort was headed by Washington Township resident Daria Volpe and Action Wheels co-owner Patty Woodworth, in coordination with the Bicycle Coalition and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. The results of the survey will be used to support calls for Gloucester County and NJDOT to improve walking and biking conditions on area roads.

As Daria Volpe points out, "Intersections that once had a shoulder are being replaced with dedicated left and right turn lanes. I think it comes down to the fact that they just don't consider bike or foot traffic when planning these projects." It's the opposite of complete streets and everyone should have the opportunity to walk and bike no matter where they live.

Matthew Norris has a more complete article on the Mobilizing the Region Blog.