Thursday, October 15, 2015

Princeton Bike Masterplan - What We Know So Far...

During the summer, the New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded Princeton a grant to make a new bicycle circulation 'master plan'. The bike master plan is primarily intended to guide future road engineering projects, so that appropriate facilities are added to enable people on bikes to safely and comfortably get around the town. This is potentially a big deal, and you may want to get involved in the planning to make sure that the plan works well for everybody.

The master plan design process is being led by consultants from the Parsons Brinckerhoff firm. The lead consultant lives in Lawrence, and is a regular visitor to Princeton. The consultants are working with the Princeton Engineering Department, but the intention is to get input from as many people as possible. Our engineers have already put lots of materials and information relating to the master plan on the municipal website.

Save the Date! The first of several public meetings to get input from local residents will be on November 12 at 6.30 p.m. (venue to be confirmed). Tell your friends and everyone who might be interested!!

Right now, the consultants are gathering information about the town, by examining local roads and conditions. Meanwhile the engineers are preparing a 'steering committee' of local people to help advise the master plan process. The exact make-up of the steering committee is still being decided. The steering committee will meet with the consultants on October 27, at 9.30 a.m. This meeting will be open to the public, so anyone can attend, but the primary public meeting is November 12.

For more information about the master plan process, you can view the video of the consultants' presentation to the Princeton Planning Board, which happened September 17. (The bike master plan discussion starts at 6':00", and lasts for about 30 mins.) Slides from that meeting are also available at the municipal website here. If you have more questions, you can email the consultants directly at: or feel free to send me an email: Everybody wants the master plan development process to be as open, transparent and inclusive as possible, so definitely get in touch if there's something you are unsure about. 

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