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Trenton Cycling Revolution is an all-volunteer community organization, originally founded in the 1990s. Our mission is to create a safe and healthy environment for bicyclists and pedestrians in Greater Trenton through education, engagement, advocacy and promotion.
For 22 years, we have been coordinating the Tour de Trenton, an annual leisurely ride through Trenton. The Tour de Tour promotes healthy lifestyles and raises awareness of bicycle safety throughout the region, while showcasing the city’s neighborhoods, tourist attractions and many hidden gems for residents and visitors alike.
Please consider these questions and return via email by April 25th. Answers will be posted on our website, shared via social media and to our email list.
Trenton has a nationally recognized complete streets policy and multiple plans to improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, some of which are listed below.
Complete Streets Resolution – 2012
Proposed Complete Streets
Trenton Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
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Trenton Cycling Revolution Mayoral Candidate Questionnaire Responses
Reed Gusciora for Mayor of Trenton
Q1: Of the recommendations outlined in these plans, which would your administration prioritize and which do you see as more long-term projects?
I recognize the importance of all projects which provide Trenton residents with safe, viable options for bicycle transit throughout the City. The Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and the proactive coalitions which have invested their valuable time have identified potential sources of funding. Most Trentonians would benefit from a cohesive set of bicycle and pedestrian paths in the Downtown that would be funded primarily from external sources (i.e., without increasing their tax bills).
I will work with our robust organization of Civic Associations and other Community Groups, including the Trenton Cycling Revolution, to organize (or support existent efforts) clean-ups and maintenance activities on trails that are part of the network. Government-Citizen Cooperation will not only beautify our City but will increase our trust in local institutions.
Implementing the Trenton Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will require implementing components of the Complete Streets Resolution. My office will appoint a staff liaison to cooperate between TCR and the other relevant organizations. I will prioritize assuring that the trails that traverse Trenton are well-maintained and that the city is an integral part of the regional team.
We need to focus on the projects we can attack today, and plan carefully for the things that we want tomorrow. I believe that my administrative and legislative experience makes me the most capable leader to do so.
Q2: Many of the improvements require a multi-agency cooperation to be completed. How specifically would you get the city, county and state governments working together to implement them?
I am 100% prepared to work with our partners in State and County Governments to achieve the Downtown Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, and the goals of the Complete Streets Resolution of 2012. Given my 22-year tenure in the Legislature, I can assure that Trenton – at the very least – is heard loud and clear when it comes to the issues that impact our city. I was a vocal opponent to the Christie Administration’s 11th Hour Plan to place new State Office Buildings outside of the Downtown Core or near the Transit Center; I am prepared to be that vocal opponent when Trenton isn’t getting its fair share in the future.
I believe we can work with the County and State to not only implement the DBPP, and the goals of the CSR, but to also achieve more ambitious pursuits, like implementing the Capital City Parks Plan. Both the State and County should recognize the important role that they play in our Capital City’s reputation.
My administration will specifically liaise with State and County representatives, in order to remain aware of any available funding sources and to ensure that both State and County Government are properly invested in the development and revitalization of the Capital City.
Q3: If elected, how would your administration work with TCR and other community groups to support successful events like the Tour de Trenton?
Mayor and City Hall need to be a proactive partner in the development of the community.
I want my administration to be a proactive partner in the operations of all of our civic and community organizations. With specific reference to TCR and the Tour de Trenton event, I believe the City is squandering an opportunity. If Trenton was to become actively involved in the promotion of such events then City Hall will empower and promote the success of its own citizens.
As Mayor, I will work closely with community organizations to make sure that the City, its residents, and members of the surrounding communities are readily aware of community events and activities. More importantly, I will coordinate with the Trenton Police department, and other administrative bodies, so that their cooperation can facilitate our goals. We will redevelop and revitalize the Trenton community.
Q4: Would your administration work with and be in support of a bike-share program operating in Trenton?
As we are all well aware, the City of Trenton operates with extremely limited resources. My administration would certainly explore a bike-share program in the City of Trenton. Many of our citizens do not have reliable transportation options
We want to investigate potential opportunities, vendors, and costs of such a program. But the Boys and Girls bike exchange can be a great model for future investors. Inexpensive bikes can mobilize Trenton’s workforce while keeping down carbon emissions and empowering our citizens.
Q5: Will your administration be guided by the principles of Environmental Justice in its approach to making Trenton a more walkable, bikeable and livable city?
Absolutely. It is no secret that individuals living in urban environments often experience disparate health outcomes. I will incorporate environmental justice as a core principle of my administration. The Trenton 250 Master Plan, promoting and increasing recycling, and adhering to Sustainable NJ’s guidelines each will help us compete with the nation’s greenest cities. This will be a concrete effort to make Trenton more walkable, bikeable, and livable City that offers additional natural amenities, for residents and visitors alike.
Annette H. Lartigue Mayoral Candidate Trenton 2018