Annual Report Test

President?s Message
We ring in the New Year well positioned to meet our goal: a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community. Like many of you, we faced countless challenges due to the current economic environment, but emerged stronger, more focused and determined to achieve our goals. As a result, many of our early investments are now coming to fruition. Your support is critical to keep the momentum.

WWBPA Annual Meeting
Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 7:30 PM
West Windsor Municipal Building
The WWBPA is delighted to welcome Andy Clarke, executive director of the League of American Bicyclists, as our guest speaker. LAB champions bicycle-friendly communities, not only for the health of cyclists, but for the wider economic benefits they bring to communities.

Accomplishments in 2009
The WWBPA had another busy year working to make the community friendlier for bicyclists and pedestrians. Following are some accomplishments; check for more, as well as for updates in 2010.

  • Main Street: The year began with advocating for key bicycle and pedestrian elements in the Princeton Junction Redevelopment Plan (which were later adopted by Township Council) and ended with work on recommendations for the planned improvements on Princeton-Hightstown Road/Route 571 between Cranbury/Wallace Roads and Clarksville Road.
  • Walkability: The WWBPA, supported by grants from McGraw-Hill and the help of several dozen volunteers, evaluated more than 260 intersections, 800 crossings, and a majority of sidewalks in Hightstown and Plainsboro. Teams are analyzing the data to assign walkability scores and prioritize improvements. Dr. Wansoo Im, at VERTICES, will help to create walkability maps that highlight the findings in each community.
  • Bike lanes, sidewalks and other infrastructure improvements: The WWBPA was in regular contact with Township and Mercer County officials to discuss needed changes and to ensure that promises were kept. Trustees also wrote several letters to area newspapers to highlight concerns. See page 2 for more details about improvements. Check regularly for updates.
  • Events and encouragement: In addition to the WWBPA tables at the Farmers? Market and GroWW (see Page 2 for more), members discussed bicycle safety at Millstone River School?s environmental fair in June, Hightstown?s National Night Out in August, Princeton University?s safety day in September, and the Hightstown Harvest Fair in October. As part of National Trails Day in June, the WWBPA, together with Friends of West Windsor Open Space, organized a walk through the 150-acre Zaitz Preserve off Southfield Road.
  • Bicycle education: With the help of Bike New York; the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association; and the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; the WWBPA supported two events that trained 24 people to become bicycle safety instructors. The WWBPA gave presentations to the local Lions Club, Rutgers? Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and bicycle and pedestrian advocacy groups in Montclair and Westchester County.

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