Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Street Safety and Transit Survey

Because you walk, bike, 
drive, or take the bus in town,

YOU know better than anyone 
what works, what does not.

Help us make it safe & easy
to get around 
in Princeton

Tell us:
   Where do you feel unsafe?
   What makes it hard to get around?
   How could we make it better?

Take a 5-question survey!
Online at bit.ly/PrincetonMobilitySurvey
– OR by in-person interview (Spanish interpreter available)
   Send WhatsApp / Signal / text to (609) 933-5108 for appointment

Pass it on
Help us hear from everyone:
- young people, including those who don't (yet) drive
- seniors, who are among the most vulnerable on the road
- those who have difficulty accessing the online survey
- visitors to Princeton
- anyone else?





This survey is a collaboration between the Public Transit Advisory Committee, the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and the Vision Zero Task Force; it is intended to inform our work to make it SAFE and EASY to move about in Princeton.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

"Hot" tip

As days are getting warmer, we have a "hot" tip for children out and about on Princeton's roads: The Princeton Police Department have put out this

WARNING!!
If your child is caught doing the right thing they will be ticketed!! Officers will be on the lookout for kids being kind, wearing their bike helmet, helping others or just being a cool kid! If observed by one of our officers, your child will be given a ticket for a free kids Ice compliments of Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard, located in the Princeton Shopping Center.



Thanks for keeping us safe in a *cool* way, Princeton PD!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

PBAC Awarded Marty Epstein Advocate of the Year Award

Princeton's Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee (PBAC)
is a 2021 recipient of the Marty Epstein Advocate of the Year Award, which recognizes excellence in advocating for safer bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The other 2021 Advocates of the Year are Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, NJBWC Advisory Board Member and its former Executive Director Cindy Steiner, and the Trenton Cycling Revolution organization.

The award was presented on Tuesday, June 1st at the opening of the Annual (virtual) Summit of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition (njbwc.org), following keynotes by New Jersey Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver and U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11th). Please follow these links for more information on NJBWC and the Summit program.



"PBAC is truly grateful to receive this award," says Lisa Serieyssol, PBAC Chair, "and our work has been possible because of the commitment of our members, and valuable guidance from our Liaisons, Councilman David Cohen and Municipal Engineer Deanna Stockton. We have been supported by our police officers, our public works staff, current and former Mayors Mark Freda and Liz Lempert, the Princeton Public Schools, in particular Acting Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Ginsberg, and community member and former Greater Mercer TMA educator Jerry Foster. We'd also like to recognize the earlier leadership of PBAC Chairs Janet Heroux and Steve Kruse, and former Council Liaison Tim Quinn."

PBAC has been involved in many successful projects including adoption of the Princeton's Bicycle Mobility Plan into the community Master Plan, leading to the installation of several bike lanes, 10 miles of Bike Boulevards, widened and rebuilt sidepaths, and increased bike parking. To make it easier for residents, students, and visitors to explore Princeton and access downtown by bike, PBAC recently updated the Princeton Bicycle Map.

In May 2018 the Beta Bike Lane demonstration project spurred interest in a more permanent solution which in turn led to an engineering corridor study to improve pedestrians' and cyclists' safety. The municipality is currently working toward the installation of bike lanes on this important east-west corridor.

PBAC's work has led to the adoption of a bicycle parking ordinance requiring bicycle parking facilities in conjunction with any development application.

Princeton Council's recent establishment of the Vision Zero Task Force in 2021 is the result of another initiative of PBAC and its commitment to safety. The task force is charged with drafting a Vision Zero Action Plan for the community.

In 2020 Princeton achieved the first in New Jersey "Silver" ranking for Bike Friendly Communities.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Have your say on safe walk & bike infrastructure

Below are announcements on commenting on the "Dinky", participating in Princeton's Vision Zero working groups, the ongoing redesign of Witherspoon Street, and an award for PBAC!


NJ Transit is soliciting public comment on the future of the "Dinky" transitway. Under discussion is also the possible construction of a pedestrian and bicycle pathway next to the public transitway.
The Princeton Transitway survey takes 3 minutes to complete.
You can also submit a long-form comment here.





The newly formed Vision Zero task force had its first meeting in April. Five working groups will begin to shape a proposal for a Vision Zero policy:
– Data and Metrics
– Engineering
– Policy
– Enforcement
– Public Education and Communication
If you are interested in serving on one of the working groups, please contact Council member David Cohen by email.


At the Council meeting on May 25, Council considered the concept design for lower Witherspoon Street. Mayor Freda and five merchants, including one whose business has an entrance on Witherspoon Street, advocated for a roadway wide enough to allow turning the street back to a two-way layout. Princeton residents called for maximizing space for pedestrians, green infrastructure, outdoor dining, and events. Following a discussion by Council, interim administrator Bob Bruschi summarized the design mandate as a one-way street with a narrow travel lane for cars, convertible into an all-pedestrian plaza. The engineering design team is to present the final concept design for Council's approval within 1-2 weeks, in order to meet the deadline for a $600,000 state grant towards the construction expense.


Finally: We are pleased to announce that the Princeton Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee has been awarded the 2021 Marty Epstein Advocate of the Year Award. Thank you for your support of our efforts to make Princeton's streets safe for people who walk, bike, or roll!
Please join us for the award presentation at the opening session of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Summit, June 1-5.


Enjoy a safe Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Bike Month events and challenges

Here is a list of events, in and close to Princeton, celebrating National Bike Month:

Saturday, May 15, 2 - 7 pm
On-site minor repairs for $10. 

May 17-23

May 19, 7pm
Leaves from Senior Center (271 Clarksville Rd) at 7 pm.

Thursday, May 20, 7pm
Silvia Ascarelli talk:
Exploring by Bicycle: Great family friendly rides on Central Jersey trails
Free; registration required

Friday, May 21

Celebrating Bike To Work Day, the Whole Earth Center is giving out a reusable Chico Bag to each cyclist who rides to the store to shop on Friday, May 21.


All month:
For National Bike Month, the Whole Earth Center will be:
- giving out one $25 Whole Earth Center gift card each week to a randomly chosen cyclist who bikes to our store to shop





GMTMA
You Bike We Give

If you pledge to ride your bike at least once during the month of May, GMTMA will donate $1 to your local Bike Exchange. Sharing a photo or story counts too!





Not scheduled this year:
Wheels rodeo
Bike / Walk To School Day


Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Bike the repaved sidepaths

May is National Bike Month, and what better way to start it off than to ride Princeton's bike loops! The routes include the signed bike boulevards, including the Johnson Trolley Path.



The Johnson Trolley Path, which is dedicated to pedestrian and bicycle use and connects the Johnson Park School to Elm Road, was repaved last week, so now it's friendly to wheels of all kinds and sizes.



In addition, this past Monday saw the repaving of the sidepath on Mountain Avenue, between Pardoe Rd and the Great Rd. Be one of the first people to ride or walk it!


More sidepaths are due to be repaved this spring. Many thanks to the Engineering department!

Stay tuned for more bike month events.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Apply for Princeton task force to combat traffic deaths


Every year, 37,000 people die on American roads, including those in Princeton. So far, those traffic deaths have been reluctantly regarded as an inevitable price to pay for our mobility, but there is a fast-growing movement that says everyone deserves to reach their destination safely, and that the only acceptable number of traffic deaths and serious injuries is zero. Hence the name: Vision Zero.

 

Recently, Princeton Council has called for the formation of a task force that will explore what shape a Vision Zero policy could take for our town. The task force will include the Mayor, two Council members, representatives of municipal departments, two members from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, and two members from the Princeton community.

 

You can apply to be on the Vision Zero Task Force by completing this application form by next Friday, March 12, 2021.

 

To learn more from a nearby Vision Zero city: the Vision Zero Conference Philadelphia will take place online throughout the week, March 22 - 26, 2021. It will be recommended to members of the Vision Zero Task Force to attend the Philadelphia conference. 

 

If you have additional questions, please email pjpbac@gmail.com.