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

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Tri-State Transportation Campaign: Introducing Families for Safe Streets New Jersey

So far this year 264 people have been killed on New Jersey roads, 70 of which were pedestrians or people riding bikes.

If the past is any indicator of the future, that number is unfortunately going to increase in the next several weeks, because the “101 Days of Summer” are the most dangerous time of year on US roads. On average, 10 more people are killed each day between Memorial Day and Labor Day compared to the rest of the year.

We don’t have to accept this tragic state of affairs. And some people in New Jersey have decided they’re not going to.

At press conference in Millburn yesterday, state legislators, local elected officials and safety advocates gathered to support Sangeeta and Sunil Badlani for the launch of Families for Safe Streets New Jersey. The Badlanis, along with other families who have been impacted by traffic violence, have formed this New Jersey chapter (the first Families for Safe Streets group was founded by a group of families in New York City) to create a state where no traffic death is acceptable so that no other families suffer as they have.

London Mayor’s Transportation Vision: Add a Million People While Cutting Traffic

Cities all over the world are implementing a vision of streets for people, not just for cars.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s Transportation Vision: Add a Million People While Cutting Traffic By 3 Million Miles Each Day

A new 25-year master plan clearly states that private cars are a problem in cities, and lays out an aggressive agenda to improve London for walking, bicycling, and transit.

For London's mayor, reconfiguring streets for people is an essential goal, not a frill. Image: Mayor's Draft Transport Strategy

Banning cars in Oslo-or banning parking

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.”

People walk at the street at Gronland district in Oslo, Norway

Successful Outcomes of Parking Reform

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.