Celebrating ‘Pedal-Power’ in Trenton on Bike to Work Day

The Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association (GMTMA) and Trenton Cycling Revolution (TCR) hosted a “Brunch for Bikers” on Bike to Work Day, Friday, May 17 to celebrate bicycling and call for more designated bicycle lanes in Trenton.

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The organizations offered free food and drinks to anyone riding a bike at the corner of Market Street and South Warren Street in Trenton. GMTMA and TCR also used the occasion to join with other bicycling advocates and organizations to commemorate the recent establishment of designated bicycle lanes in Trenton and advocate for further bicycle-friendly facilities and projects in New Jersey’s capital city.

Trenton recently completed a multi-faceted “Trenton Gateway Project” that made a series of roadway, sidewalk, transportation-safety and streetscape improvements along portions of Market Street, South Warren Street, New Warren Street, and Lincoln Highway.  The project included the establishment of designated bicycle lanes in downtown Trenton, as well as bicycle rack installations in a new pocket park across from the newly opened Mercer County Courthouse.

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The project was carried out by the city with a grant from the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC).  To commemorate the inaugural network of bicycle lanes, Bridge Commission representatives officially conveyed project-designation signs to Trenton City Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson.

Yuki Moore Laurenti, DRJTBC Commissioner, noted the special occasion,

When the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission launched its Compact-Authorized Investment program in 2005, it made its largest grant, and one of its earliest, to Trenton – for $5 million in improvements to the approach leading to the Commission’s iconic “Trenton Makes” bridge.

Scripture says, “The first shall be last,” and that certainly seems to have been the case with the Trenton project, but here it is—with completed streets.

It provides a gateway to Trenton’s historic center.

Yet, passing these acres of State parking lots, it is a reminder that we have yet to realize the ambitious hopes of urban renewal.  This area teemed with fading tenements and factories when the Great Depression hit, along Bloomsbury Street and Fair Street and Decatur Street.  They were all swept away in the clearance phase of renewal.

This project creates a suitable entry way to the capital.  We now have to work on filling in the streetscape.

Most important in this project is the inclusion of bike lanes, a first for Trenton’s historic core.  I commend the city administration for having them in the project design.

This city is blessed with unusual access to transportation corridors, and not only rail and road.  We have off-road cycling trails on the Delaware and Raritan Canal to Princeton and New Brunswick, to Lambertville and Frenchtown, and—with a gap that this project starts to fill in—to Bordentown.

Cross our bridges, and you arrive at Pennsylvania’s Delaware Canal, running south to Bristol and north to Easton.

The Bridge Commission has provided the first installment in tying together these long-distance biking and walking trails.

What “Trenton Makes” unites, let no indifference put asunder.

“Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle, the many reasons we love to ride, and highlight why bike riding is so great for your health, your community, and the environment,” said Rebecca Hersh, GMTMA’s Transportation Program Coordinator.

“Trenton is slowly but surely becoming a bike-friendly city,” said Dan Fatton, Chair of the Trenton Cycling Revolution. “With the city’s Complete Streets policy recently being ranked 8th best in the country, there is a real opportunity for Trenton to showcase proper implementation and create streets that work for everyone.”

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