Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bike Lanes Are Good For Everyone

Princeton Council is about to vote on bike lanes like these, pictured.

Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee has a letter in the local papers this week about the Hamilton Avenue bike lanes plan! In particular, we wanted to emphasize that the plan helps not just cyclists, but drivers and pedestrians as well. A cyclist in a bike lane is predictable to drivers, and is not a risk to sidewalk users. Next Monday, January 26, Princeton Council will vote on whether to approve the new bike lanes.

Council member Patrick Simon has published his own letter, stating his strong opposition to bike lanes. It is true that adding bike facilities comes a certain cost, and we expect that Mr Simon's actions will bring a large group of opponents to Council next week. This is a good thing. It is quite correct that Princeton has an open and public conversation about whether the town is ready to make safe on-street bike facilities. This is the time for that conversation, and the members of PBAC are glad to be of assistance in providing information.

If you agree that safe bike lanes are worthwhile, your support on Monday would make a big difference! We expect the public hearing to be early on the agenda. Supporters should aim to arrive at Council chambers at 400 Witherspoon Street by 7.30 p.m. And if you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch at You can also read more about the plan here.

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