Thankful in Trenton

S. Warren Street improvementsBicyclists and pedestrians in Trenton have much to be thankful for this season.

In addition to Trenton’s city council unanimously passing a complete streets policy in March, tangible improvements have been appearing in our community this year!

When the connecting road between Memorial Drive and W. Lafayette Street, in front of Patriots Theatre at the War Memorial, re-opened this spring, a bike lane was incorporated into the design. This tiny segment may yet prove to be a critical component for a downtown bicycle route!

In October, the New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids-Trenton organized a Complete Streets training session attended by council member Zachary Chester, city staff and volunteers from the Trenton planning board, green team and community. As the steering committee wrote in the Times of Trenton,

“NJPHK-Trenton looks forward to further improvements to our streets and neighborhoods that will benefit all Trenton residents.”

Trenton Complete Streets Training

Trenton Complete Streets Training

In a ceremony on October 23rd, the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission placed East Coast Greenway signage on their historic Calhoun Street Bridge, which links Trenton to Morrisville. We hope the official unveiling signifies a commitment to continued improvements on the NJ side of that bridge! Trenton Cycling Revolution members are ready and willing to support the necessary pedestrian and bicycle accommodations to connect the Calhoun Street Bridge to the D&R Canal trail crossing.

East Coast Greenway Signage Ceremony at Calhoun Bridge

East Coast Greenway Signage Ceremony at Calhoun Bridge

Another recently concluded project is the repaving of Market and Warren Streets. Although there is still room for improvement, the incorporation of bike lanes into the boulevard project is a laudable achievement. We think the new entryway into our city is beautiful, and would still love to see those lanes painted green in the future!

DRJTBC Commissioner Yuki Moore Laurenti enjoys the new bike lane on S. Warren Street

DRJTBC Commissioner Yuki Moore Laurenti enjoys the new bike lane on S. Warren Street

The Trenton Downtown Association recently coordinated a walking tour of the downtown business district to note conditions and consider sidewalk ramps, crosswalks, lighting, bike lanes and other potential street scape improvements. We will continue working with the participants to implement some of the ideas we generated on the walk!

Walking Tour with Trenton Downtown Association

Walking Tour with Trenton Downtown Association

In the East Ward, CityWorks has incorporated an innovative crosswalk design at N. Clinton and Olden Avenues, providing drivers a very visible reminder about the presence of pedestrians in one high traffic corridor. And thanks to a grant from Isles, additional trail improvements will soon be implemented along the D&R Canal in downtown Trenton.

New Crosswalk at Olden and N. Clinton

New Crosswalk at Olden and N. Clinton

 

 

 

We look forward to continuing our work with the city, county and state, as well as concerned citizens and other local organizations to ensure Trenton is a safe and healthy place for bicyclists and pedestrians. In the meantime, a special thank you to all our partners and friends for helping us achieve our vision.

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Bad Bill for Biking

New Jersey transportation groups issue Federal Transportation Bill Statement after conference bill details released.

“Despite a dramatic increase in bicycle and pedestrian commuters in Trenton and other New Jersey communities, the federal transportation bill heads in the wrong direction on bicycle and pedestrian funding. We should be replicating Safe Routes to School programs at almost every school in the country, and increasing the amount of money dedicated to bicycle and pedestrian projects. Unfortunately, despite widespread grassroots support for such policies, Congress has offered a bad bill that takes us in the opposite direction.”
Dan Fatton, Chairperson, Trenton Cycling Revolution

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Transit Crisis!

Photo Source: Transportation for America

Riders who rely on public transportation and transit workers across the country today launched a series of actions over several days to rally support for emergency funding to prevent draconian service cuts, layoffs and fare hikes in more than 150 systems nationwide.

The Transportation Equity Network (TEN), an alliance of local and state groups across the country, held a “Save Transit!” day of action as Transportation for America (T4America) launched a new and expanded online database capturing the thousands of service cuts and fare hikes across the country.

“At a time when our national economy is on the brink of recovery, and Americans across the country are demanding increased access to transportation options, transit systems should not have to cut service and raise fares, but should have the support of Congress,” said James Corless, campaign director for T4America. “This is a national crisis that needs a national response, now.”

In a headlining event in Atlanta, Georgia, where MARTA is faced with eliminating 30 percent of its routes, members of the local Amalgamated Transit Union, community leaders and transit supporters rallied and painted huge red Xes on buses and trains to illustrate what the severity of local cuts should the transit system receive no Congressional or state aid before June.

“America’s transit systems are in crisis just when we need them the most – for access to jobs, education, health care and opportunity,” said Laura Barrett, executive director of the Transportation Equity Network. “Service cuts and fare hikes are hitting low-income people, people of color, students, retirees and the disabled especially hard, and they’re robbing all of us of a proven engine of economic growth. TEN is calling on Congress to keep America moving by letting our transit agencies use federal funds for operating expenses.”

The “Save Transit!” rallies are being organized by TEN, a non-profit coalition that is raising awareness about the impact of service cuts and fare increases on mass transit riders around the country. For more information, including interviews with participants or photos from the events, please contact Paula Chrin Dibley at 202-478-6138 or pchrin@mrss.com.

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