In an article entitled Garden State Gets a Bit Greener Due to More Bike Lanes and Bicycle Traffic, NJ Spotlight sheds light on Jersey City’s plan to implement on-street bicycle facilities. The article covers a number of bike developments around the state of New Jersey. It’s written by Ricardo Kaulessar, and dated today: October 8 2013. Below is an excerpt, with relevant details about Jersey City:
Jersey City is doing its part to add to New Jersey’s bike-lane inventory after the City Council approved this month an allocation of $1 million in unused capital funds for street improvements that call for 63 miles of roads to have bike lanes and sharrows, street markings that lets bicyclists know that they can use a full lane. The state’s second-largest city laid down its first bike lanes just last year , on a six-block stretch of Grove Street in downtown Jersey City that runs past City Hall. [note: this isn’t quite true, it appears that the Grove bike lanes were Jersey City’s second bike lanes – see this earlier post for details]
Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said $700,000 is going towards the project, which has already started and is scheduled to be completed by July 2014. Fulop called the bike lanes “important” to help Jersey City bicyclists navigate the city’s traffic and to move forward the city’s bikeway plan that started making some progress under former Mayor Jerramiah Healy.
That’s good news for resident and biking advocate Dan Levin, who was among a group of fellow-bikers gathered at the corner of Grove and Mercer streets on a Friday afternoon for a bike tour that would go through much of the city.
“I think it shows progress. I think bike lanes elsewhere are seen as part of the street fabric,” Levin said. “It does a lot of good besides providing space for bicyclists in the street,” he said, “hopefully making it safe for bicyclists. But it narrows streets visually and hopefully slows traffic down and brings a safer streetscape for everyone.”
Eyes on the street: Yesterday I bicycled down to Bayonne to check out a river park, and got a chance to ride Old Bergen Road again. At least as of yesterday afternoon, Jersey City’s first sharrows remain half-done on Old Bergen Road. Photo at top of post.