Last year, Princeton made a huge step forward for alternative transportation by making 'Complete Streets' a central part of the municipal Masterplan. This week, Princeton Council took another great step by setting a goal to draw up an implementation plan for Complete Streets and a Bike Route Network by the end of the year. This is an exciting time to be living in Princeton if you agree that more walking and cycling can promote a healthier, greener, more enjoyable lifestyle!
On Saturday, February 22, two members of Princeton's Pedestrian-Bicycling Committee will be presenting as part of Princeton Future's public meeting on 'Traffic and Transit'.
This meeting will be an important opportunities for members of the public to make their voice heard with municipal committee members who help to guide transportation policy. New PBAC member Sam Bunting will speak about 'Complete Streets'. Complete Streets are streets that are designed with all users in mind- that means equal opportunity regardless of age or mobility level, and regardless of whether people are moving on foot, by bicycle, or in a car. But how can we adapt Complete Streets to Princeton's busy and crowded streets? These questions will be explored in a short talk with question and answer session to follow.
PBAC Chair, Steve Kruse, will also describe the strategy of the Pedestrian/Bicycling Committee to make a safe bicycle network around Princeton. Who cycles in Princeton and why? What roads and streets should form part of the bike route network? And what sort of infrastructure is required to make streets safe for cycling? Steve will be taking questions, as we aim to complete and formalize an official Princeton Bike Plan some time in 2014.
There will also be presentations by former Borough Mayor Marvin Reed, Traffic & Transportation committee member Ralph Widner, and Chair of the Alexander Street/University Place Transit Task Force, Kevin Wilkes. You can find all the details about the event by clicking here. The meeting runs 9 a.m. - 12 noon in the Princeton Public Library. It would be great to see lots of advocates for biking and walking in Princeton, and have the opportunity to hear your opinions, so we hope to see lots of you there!