Thanks, Mercer County

Washington Road Tree Planting

Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes has come out in favor of a more bicycle-friendly county and appears ready to back his words with deeds.

Some of his words: ?In past generations, many County roads were built to be four-lane highways.? Because traffic volumes never justified using all four lanes, we can stripe shoulders to accommodate bicyclists in many locations. Where County highways are not wide enough to accommodate bicycle lanes, further analysis and more extensive projects may be required.? Possibilities include ?road diets? that reduce the number of? through-travel lanes, narrowing wide travel lanes, and selective roadway widening.”

And some of the deeds, contained in the county’s press release: In Princeton, when Washington Road (Route 571) between U.S. Route 1 and Faculty Road is restriped, edge lines will be placed to accommodate future bicycle lanes from Faculty Road to the Princeton Junction Train Station.? And a feasibility study for the County?s first designated bicycle route on CR 546 (Washington Crossing ? Pennington-Lawrenceville Road) has? just been completed.”

The WWBPA is delighted with the county’s bike-friendly philosophy. The comment period for the mobility element of its master plan ends Aug. 15. A bike-friendly master plan makes it easier to turn our vision into reality. Let officials know what’s important to you!

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