The following was submitted by Alex Kent, Coordinator of the “Drive With Care in Montclair” campaign.
My condolences go out to the family of Joe Lombardi, who died as the result of an automobile hitting him while he was crossing the street at the intersection of Grove and Walnut Streets on December 18th.
His tragic death is a reminder that the streets of Montclair can often be treacherous for pedestrians. The Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee is working to change that. But we need you help
The Committee is an official Township group and includes the Township Engineer, Montclair Police Traffic Department officers, Town Council member Robin Schlager, BikeWalkMontclair, public health foundation Partners for Health, and a number of other citizens concerned about pedestrian safety.
Over the past year we have launched a pedestrian safety campaign “Drive with Care in Montclair”. We have car magnets, posters, safety cards, and a railroad trestle banner, all of which are free and available for distribution. This fall we ran a series of 4 ads in the Montclair Times, including a full page ad at the start of the school year, with our message, funded by Partners for Health.
We have just completed a strategic planning initiative with the help of a Rutgers transportation consultant. We held a public meeting in October to get feedback from the community, and we have an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org where we welcome your comments.
We are holding another public meeting on Tuesday, January 13th at 7 pm at the Bay Street Fire House to continue our outreach.
In the last 10 years, on average, 41 pedestrians a year have been hit by a vehicle in Montclair, and 8 now have died as a result. Let us make Montclair an example of how a New Jersey town can be pedestrian friendly. We want drivers in Montclair to obey some simple traffic laws: drive the speed limit, stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and do not use your phone while driving.
We are hoping to make a culture change in Montclair, for drivers to be aware that Montclair is a town that does not tolerate drivers who speed, disregard pedestrians, and don’t safely share the road with those on foot and on bike.