Monday, February 23, 2015

Details For Bike Lane Vote At Princeton Council On Tuesday Night


​Bike lane supporters are encouraged to attend Council on Tuesday night

Unless there's another blizzard, Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee expects Council to vote on a proposal to add bike lanes on part of Hamilton Avenue this Tuesday evening, February 24. The proposal was recommended in line with municipal 'Complete Streets' policy, and is intended to be the first stage in creating a joined-up network of high-quality bike facilities around town. Council members are undecided about whether to recommend bike lanes or continue with previous policy of painting 'sharrows'. If you agree with PBAC that dedicated lanes are better for safe and enjoyable cycling, then Council needs to hear your opinion at this time!

Supporters are advised to arrive at the Council Chamber at 400 Witherspoon Street at 8 p.m. for the public hearing. As there are many items on the Council agenda for Tuesday night and the start time of the public hearing is somewhat uncertain, PBAC has reserved the 'Community Room', a smaller meeting room next to the parking lot, where our committee members will be avilable to talk to members of the public. We plan to go next door to the Council Chamber when the public hearing begins. If you are attending Council to speak in favor of bike lanes, you can either go straight to the Council Chamber or hang out with us in the Community Room. We will be discussing the new pocket-sized paper bike map of Princeton, and distributing bike safety info.

If you can't attend Council on Tuesday, we would encourage you to email our Council members to let them know your opinions on this issue. Council's decision on Tuesday night is likely to set a marker for future bike policy. If you are interested in the concept of cyclists having dedicated space on key local roads, it would be a good idea to tell Council to start adding bike lanes at Hamilton and at other connecting routes. As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to get in touch at pjpbac@gmail.com.


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