Above: Intersection of Vandeventer Ave and Nassau Street in Princeton.
Two letters in last week's "Town Topics" discussed matters related to cycling and walking. I wanted to comment on the letter from a local resident on Maxwell Lane, who suggested that it would be a good idea to change the traffic signals at the crosswalk at Nassau Street and Vandeventer so that pedestrians would have priority over turning vehicles in all directions. The author noted that in New York City, 50 intersections are being modified to an "all-ways stop" signal pattern like this.
In Princeton, we already have one "all-ways stop" traffic signal at Route 206 and Nassau Street. Through our municipal engineering team, we are trying to add at least one more such signal at the intersection of Washington / Vandeventer and Nassau Street. There is a strong consensus on the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee and Traffic and Transportation Committee that this is a good idea, because it is such a busy crossing for pedestrians. Nassau Street is, however, a State Highway (Route 27), which means that the New Jersey Department of Transportation has ultimate authority over improvements to this intersection. Our engineers are working hard to make the case for an all-ways stop signal pattern, and have updated the relevant committees regularly (see for example, minutes of the December 2014 T&T meeting here).
Hopefully we will see an improved signal pattern there soon! In the meantime, if you have any questions about issues relating to pedestrian safety, feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.