Safe Routes Scoop

Local Traffic and Safety Bicycle/Pedestrian Committees
Spotlight on West Windsor Township, NJ

events and programs, providing community service opportunities for students, residents and local businesses, and fundraising activities all help to achieve the alliance’s goals. The Alliance has also participated in a myriad of eventsand conducted numerous evaluations of the bicycle and pedestrian facilities located throughout West Windsor. For example, Alliance members regularly staff a bicycle and pedestrian education table at the seasonal West Windsor Community Farmers’ Market, in order to discuss mobility and safety concerns with residents and to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety and awareness.

 

One of the most successful events the alliance routinely convenes is known as West Windsor Walks. The route for these walks is determined because of concerns raised by the Alliance and other community members; while on the walk, focus is placed on discussing issues and evaluating potential solutions to problems that can be identified first hand. Members of the press and municipal officials and employees routinely join the walks to better understand the bicycle and pedestrian issues facing West Windsor. Other ongoing projects include trail maintenance at the Millstone, Rogers and Zaitz preserves; the Ride Smart Ride Safe program; installation of Share the Road signs; and continuing efforts to install wooden information kiosks on

biking and walking near the Princeton Junction train station.

 

Educationally, the Alliance reaches out to local communities and schools, providing information and holding events for students and others, which can include distribution of helmets, lights and reflective ankle bands and vests. Recent events include the Be Green and Be Seen event in Princeton, Bike-to-Work at the Princeton Junction station and National Night Out in Hightstown. The Alliance has also been involved in the Safe Routes to School and Bicycle Safety for Children programs, both held at West Windsor’s Maurice Hawk Elementary School.

The creation of a bicycle and pedestrian map, which measures the bikeability and walkability of West Windsor Township, has been one of the most significant projects conducted by the Alliance. Mapping area crosswalks, sidewalks, bikeways and other road segments and evaluating these facilities has enabled the alliance to identify, prioritize and bring safety issues to the attention of West Windsor officials. For example, through the dedicated work of the Alliance, the township agreed to improve the intersection of Bear Brook and Alexander roads. The Alliance examined this congested intersection and compiled recommendations for improving the site, which were eventually shared with the township administration and

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