I am happy that Mayor Fulop’s administration has pledged to implement the Jersey City’s bikeway plan starting in September 2013. Streetsblog broke the story on August 15th in an article entitled Jersey City’s Missing Bike Lanes Will Be Striped This Fall, City Promises. The article refereces Bikas’ earlier pieces regarding repaving proceeding without planned bike facilities.
Here’s an excerpt from Streetsblog’s piece:
“The plan was to put the bike lanes down at the end, once all the streets are repaved,” [Jersey City spokesperson] Morrill said. “They will finish paving and begin striping at the beginning of September.”
the city [Jersey City] applied to the state DOT’s bikeways program in October 2012 for $1.4 million to fund its bike lane and rack program. City spokesperson Jennifer Morrill says the city didn’t receive that grant, but did receive a state grant for a repaving of Pacific Avenue that will include bike lanes.
Read the full article here.
I am glad that Bikas played some role in getting these projects moving forward. Right before Jersey City announced this, a representative from BikeJC and I met with an aide to Mayor Fulop. Though the aide was somewhat non-committal in what could be done under what timeline, he communicated that Mayor Fulop was indeed looking at how best to move forward with an entire suite of livability improvements, including bikeways and also possibly pedestrian safety improvements, bike parking, bike share and other programs. Bikas was happy to hear this, and we look forward to working with the new mayor to make Jersey City streets safer for everyone.