Among many improvements in the city, the Main Street Road Diet is probably the most controversial, especially at this time while the construction is well underway. There is much more happening in the city, and The AP Sun has it covered right here!
ASBURY PARK TRANSPORTATION
OVERVIEW SNAPSHOTS ROAD IMPROVEMENT, A SPRINGWOOD AVE BUS ROUTE, BIKE & CARE SHARING, VALET PARKING & METER UPDATES
By Michelle Gladden
“Main Street Road Diet
• The NJDOT is reportedly ahead of schedule on improvements to the state-owned Main Street. Utility relocation is ongoing, concrete work, which includes curb ramps and sidewalks, started at the north end of the project and has reached Fifth Avenue.
• Traffic signal installation has just begun at the north end.
• The Deal Lake Drive portion of Route 71 is expected to be paved by year’s end
• The entire stretch of Main Street is expected to be completed by late 2019.
“It is important to understand that any project of this magnitude on a busy commercial corridor is going to be disruptive,” Manzella said. “When it is complete, the City will have new streets, sidewalks, and traffic signals for our Main Street.”
Building The Cycling City, out just this week on Island Press, is a tour of Dutch bicycling culture that attempts to “extract lessons that can be applied to other cities, including, yes, American cities.”
For anyone interested in how we can create a city that’s safe for bicyclists-and for everyone-this book and interview will be a great read. The interview with the authors, Chris and Melissa Bruntlett is illuminating and positive. Helmets are not necessary in a city with infrastructure designed for the safety of all users, not mainly for expediting automobile traffic.
Does this sound familiar? Excerpt:
“The American stereotype of the Netherlands is that they’ve got it all figured out; they do everything right. But your book makes it clear that everybody was not always on the same page. There were political battles.”
One of the things we heard repeatedly when we got back was, “That would never work here, our city’s different.” We would always say, “well, every Dutch city is different!”
No helmets, no problem: how the Dutch created a casual biking culture
A chat with the authors of a new book on cycling in the Netherlands.
Asbury Park is in good company with many European Cities including Barcelona-” the percentage of people who cycle “remains low in all European cities, except in countries like the Netherlands and Denmark, which means that there is plenty of room to increase bicycle use.”
Cycling Is the Urban Transport Mode Associated With the Greatest Health Benefits
13 August 2018
A study carried out in seven European cities highlights the role of active transport in good mental health and self-perceived health
“Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, coordinator of the study and director of the Urban Planning, Environment and Health Initiative at ISGlobal, commented: “Transport is not just a matter of mobility; it also has to do with public health and the well-being of the population.” The study’s findings, he noted, show yet again that “an integrated approach to urban planning, transport planning and public health is needed in order to develop policies that promote active transport, such as adding more segregated cycle lanes in Barcelona, which are transforming the city into a better environment for cyclists.” Physical Activity Through Sustainable Transport Approaches
How about “light individual transport lane”? “LIT”
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“…trying to think of the correct new term for “bike lane” as we proliferate more vehicle types that run more or less at the speed and width of bicycles but are clearly not bicycles, such as electric scooters. The two logical terms seem to be narrow lane or midspeed lane. One way or another the two concepts will need to track with each other.
I wonder if this kind of language can make our sense of the role of these lanes more flexible, and thus less divisive.”
“I liked suggestions like ‘low-impact transport’ and ‘light individual transport’ because it can get an acronym: LIT.”
With scooters collapsing the distinctions that divide drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, she sees an opportunity to “ride that wave into government,” she says. “People love these things, so let’s make space from them.”
Highlights from August 22, 2018 City Council Meeting
“…proposed improvements include an
upgrade of the traffic signal at Third Avenue and Pine Street to include walk signals, 6 neighborhood
roundabouts, 4 vehicle activated traffic calming signs, and bike lanes…”
Uber isn’t the only solution to reducing traffic in cities, but ride sharing can eventually lead to fewer people owning cars and less congestion.
Uber Thinks Inside the Box in Its Big New Ad About Car-Clogged Cities
By Tim Nudd November 1, 2017
“…80-second spot called “Boxes,” from Swedish agency Forsman & Bodenfors, illustrates the problem through metaphor. It shows drivers tooling around in cardboard boxes rather than automobiles—the better to humanize the devastating crush of traffic and the emotional toll of such a physical problem, while also keeping things lighthearted.
Vision Zero is working in cities all over the US. “To actually make progress or commit to Vision Zero, it will really take a transformative shift in how your city is prioritizing safe mobility.”
Asbury Park is actively working on strategies to reduce automobile speed on city streets. Stay tuned for our initiative #slowthecars.
Vision Zero Network Hires Big Gun To Focus on Slowing Drivers Down Already
By Angie Schmitt
“To actually make progress or commit to Vision Zero, it will really take a transformative shift in how your city is prioritizing safe mobility.
We’re also going to be focusing more on the importance of speed management. We, as a society, need to be paying as much attention to the issue of managing speed as many communities have done around drunk driving. The level of change in government over the last few decades, thanks to groups like MADD, has resulted in a sea change in how people think about drunk driving. We need to have that same sort of focus on managing unsafe speeds.
We’re going to try to help cities actually move forward with strategies that effectively reduce speeds in their communities, whether that’s lower speed limits, more automated enforcement or engineering changes.
Another big focus is equity. There are some positives in the sense that Vision Zero is very data driven and can help highlight systemic inequities in our transportation system and beyond. More and more people are recognizing that not all communities have been treated equitably when it comes to safe transportation investments.”
Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition would like to see kids on bikes all over the city. Girls may need to be encouraged with a program like this in Newark!
For Some Girls, Empowerment Comes With Two Wheels and a Helmet
By Liz Leyden Aug. 19, 2018
Kala La Fortune Reed, left, taught Kaneisha Marable, 8, to ride a bicycle in Newark as part of a program run by Girls on Bikes, a nonprofit founded by Ms. La Fortune that seeks to increase the number of girls who ride bikes.
“What can happen is a self-perpetuating cycle: If the number of women is much lower than men, if you’re not seeing role models, if you’re not seeing someone who looks like you, cycling is not going to be appealing to you,” she said. “But these kinds of groups, where you have the role models and it’s social and it’s fun, that can change the culture.”
Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition would love to see kids all over the city riding bikes every day! We’re working with the city to make streets safe for everyone to ride a bike or walk.
The LeBron James Interview About Bicycles
By Jason Gay
‘It was a way of life,’ says the world’s greatest basketball player. ‘If you had a bike, it was a way to kind of let go and be free.’
… last week’s school opening was perhaps the biggest signal of what bikes mean to James’s life. In the announcement for The “I Promise” School—which will admit 240 third- and fourth-grade students and expand until it stretches from first to eighth grade—was this detail: James’s family foundation has pledged to provide a free bicycle and helmet to every student.