With town spending in Montclair high on the taxpayer’s radar, residents might like voice their opinions on how the town council should divide the capital budget pie. Tomorrow night, Montclair Town Council has scheduled a special meeting to figure out where those monies may be allocated, what the priorities are in capital spending. The meeting is open to the public, and all topics are up for discussion, ie; streets, curbs, water and sewer infrastructure, equipment for TV34.
The meeting will take place Wednesday night, 7pm at 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair.
Laura Torchio, chair of Bike Montclair plans to speak up for improving pedestrian and biker safety.
Torchio is asking for the community’s support and inviting you to show up at the meeting:
Bike Montclair applied for and received a grant of $100,000 in 2004 from the NJDOT to develop a Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan – a non-motorized circulation element to suppliment the Township’s Master Plan. Many of you participated in the public meetings that helped to priortize the recommended improvements. Our new council may not fully appreciate that the Action Plan has been vetted and plans to implement it have been “this close” to happening each year since then.
The first phase would be to add short-term, low-cost improvements to Montclair’s street network like Bike Route signs, Striped Bike Lanes or Shoulders and Share the Road signs. At a minimum, these efforts would alert to motorists that bicyclists are expected and to drive with care. At best, we’ll begin to see a behavior shift in terms of “TRAFFIC SAFETY”.