reaching their destinations.
3.) How do we get over these hurdles? Is more money needed, better policies, changes to the law, increased public education, other factors or some combination therein?
It will take a combination of the above approaches to bring about change. While there are some statutory issues, the law isn’t the biggest problem. I think it’s more important to continue to work to establish the legitimacy of these travel modes. For example, it’s only recently that pedestrian safety has become an important concern. Most intersection traffic counts still fail to include pedestrian counts, even though the presence of pedestrians will dramatically impact traffic flows.
In the same vein, the best way of getting bicycle and pedestrian enhancements constructed is to incorporate them into roadway projects. Yet New Jersey governments still are not doing that on a routine basis. For example, the main street in my township was recently resurfaced. That provided a great opportunity to mark bike lanes past four township schools, but that opportunity was not seized by the township. Similarly, curb extensions and median refuge islands were not included in the project.
Better enforcement, education and facilities are all still needed. If you