Bicycles often fill in the gap between public transit and getting home. For those who cannot afford a car or who are forced farther and farther out from transportation hubs, bicycles play the role of “last-leg” transit option. Here, a bicycle is not a sign of luxury, but of necessity.
The purpose is to help the officers understand how traffic law relates to bike riders, and to give them first-hand experience of what most of us who ride regularly already know: the road is very different when you are on a bike.
ASBURY PARK AWARDED $237,000 FOR MAIN STREET STREETSCAPE
A Transportation Alternatives Program [TAP] grant goes towards bike racks, benches, trees, and more
The grant comes after the official approval of another transformation plan for Main Street between the curbs. The City Council approved a Road Diet Pilot for the State highway, which will transform the four-lane street into a three-lane street, complete with center turning lanes and bike lanes. The new striping configuration will be implemented following the repavement of Main Street by NJDOT, a project which is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
Asbury Park TAP Grant
Using precious city space for cars was a big mistake. Utrecht has moved on; this square is now for people again. Domplein, Utrecht, NL
When Oslo decided to be the first European city to ban cars from its centre, businesses protested. So the city did the next best thing: it banned parking.
In 2015, when Oslo decided to be Europe’s first city to ban cars from its center, there was a strong backlash from local businesses and car owners. A year later, the City has a new solution: to ban parking. To be rolled out in three phases, this more gradual but equally radical plan holds that by 2019, all 650 downtown parking spots will be transformed into shared public spaces such as playgrounds, bike lanes, and seating areas.
But there was backlash.
The council changed its stated ambition to have a car-free city centre. It now wants the “fewest possible vehicles”. Drivers are by no means off the hook. “The goal is that people with cars will feel like they’re visitors, rather than owning the streets,” says Berg. “We’ll make it difficult for people to want to drive or get around by car.”
Few people have been leading the fight for parking reform like Donald Shoup, retired UCLA urban planning professor and author of “The High Cost of Free Parking,” and Jeffrey Tumlin, director of strategy at consulting firm Nelson\Nygaard. Robert Steuteville interviewed the pair recently for the Congress for the New Urbanism.