long-term and long-distance efforts around the county. Widening the shoulders of roads through the Pinelands took over five years as local officials raised concerns over the environmental costs of construction and possible liability issues. The answers to those questions (lanes add minimal impervious surfaces and no liability cases have come to the county) have encouraged other projects, such as bike routes on County Routes 563 and 532.
“These routes have seen great use by cyclists,” noted Thomas. “Riding is getting more popular and the state is planning a new bike map that will get the word out to other people.”
"Local bike groups and clubs also have contributed," said Thomas. They build local advocacy and educate their neighbors about the benefits such relatively small improvements bring to recreational and commuting cyclists.
Infrastructure and marketing efforts have focused on recreational riders, including residents and visitors looking to explore the county’s parks and rural roads. More recently, planners such as Ragozine are focusing on job commutes, hoping to encourage peak-hour drivers to bike to work by offering a safe and supportive environment.
Advocates hope to see more studies supporting local planning efforts for