Property Values Boosted by Bike Lanes

This article evaluates the connection between the establishment of bike lanes and increase in commercial property value.  The conversation continues about whether bike lanes lead to gentrification.  We contend that safe street infrastructure does not lead directly to gentrification, but rather that gentrification often happens at the same time as road infrastructure is improved.

Blame it on the bike: does cycling contribute to a city’s gentrification?

 A cyclist rides down a newly painted bike lane on Knickerbocker Avenue.

The link between street improvements like bike lanes and pedestrian plazas and a subsequent jump in property values is no secret.

Bike lanes and the gentrification they symbolize, have caused tensions in cities across the country and drawn fire from critics like Jeremiah Moss, blogger behind “Vanishing New York” who said they’re a tool used by mayors to “spur and reinforce gentrification.”

While protected bike lanes have proven to decrease injuries for cyclists and pedestrians, they’ve also been linked to an increase in retail sales, according to a 2014 report from the Department of Transportation.

 

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20170713/bushwick/bike-lane-property-bushwick-gentrification-lane-bikes-rent-sales-price

Mayor John Moor of Asbury Park: Commitment to Climate

Thank you Mayor Moor!

Mayor John Moor has joined the US Climate Mayors pledge, a commitment signed by over 350 American Mayors to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement and combat climate change.

In the last decade or so, bicycle transport has been catching on.

Top 5 Ways to Save the Planet with Bicycles

http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/sustainable/5-ways-bicycles.htm

“On average, Americans commute about 32 miles (51 kilometers) a day roundtrip, and most of that commuting is done in cars. Some people (like the ones belting out Journey at the wheel) find those car hours relaxing, a temporary refuge from the outside world. Others describe their commute in less favorable terms, citing frustration, nervousness and even rage.

Personal automotive experiences aside, since cars have serious drawbacks for the planet, for society and for the individual, alternative modes of transportation are gaining increasing amounts of attention. While many focus on alternative power like ethanol or hydrogen, some of the ecologically minded are pushing a whole other power source: the human body. It’s a profoundly clean way of generating energy.”

 

http://www.cityofasburypark.com/egov/doc…

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Asbury Park Awarded $237,000 For Main Street Streetscape

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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