While I appreciate the Mayor’s desire to leave a legacy of Sustainability, including measures to enhance “walkability,” and “bike safety,” I am opposed to the Resolution he has inserted into Tuesday’s Agenda increasing funding for “complete streets” from 5% to 20% of funds allocated to street construction.
Twenty percent is too much.
As an example, on the Agenda there is a Bond Ordinance of over $2MM for streets. The Mayor’s suggestion would require that funding for things like bike lanes go from $100,000 to $400,000 for just THIS PROJECT alone.
According to the New Jersey Commissioner of Transportation, James Simpson, there are 13 Towns in NJ (out of close to 600) that have adopted a “complete streets” policy. I don’t know how many are at the 20% level.
He also says the the State has only allocated $2MM in 2011 for such projects.
I am all for MEANINGFUL improvements to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists on our busy streets.
It is terrifying to try and cross Valley Road by Edgemont Park. You take your life into your hands trying to cross Bloomfield by Midland.
Are bike lanes the best way to solve these problems? The County didn’t think so when they refused to put bike lanes on Grove Street.
Let’s have REAL change and stop assuming throwing money at problems will automatically solve them.
Of course that’s assuming that we even HAD the money.