Within several months Asbury Park’s Transportation Planner Mike Manzella has helped to make city streets safer. “Stop for Pedestrian” signs (also known as bollards) have been placed at intersections along the dangerous length of Memorial Dr, and additionally at 40 other city intersections with recorded pedestrian-involved crashes. Literally life transforming.
“Interviews with the mayor, city planners, and enthusiastic citizens give insight into how the city is working to reach its impressive goal. We also get a cool glimpse into how city-wide construction is ripping up roads to make way for wider bike lanes and pedestrian walkways in this future-minded city.”
Bike share coming for Memorial Day!
The city is doing great work on creative ideas for transit alternatives.
Bike corral on Cookman! We’re seeing commitment from the city to become accommodating to bicyclists. A big thanks to our Transportation Manager!
“…this ought to be a signal that road diets, which have been shown to greatly improve safety and encourage walking and cycling, don’t have anything approaching the kinds of adverse effects on travel that highway engineers usually predict.”
Following a recent thread on Next Door Asbury Park, this article helps to clear up the perception of “bicyclist scofflaws”.
“It would be safe to say that almost 100 percent of roadway users break traffic laws. Yet the general public’s perception of lawbreaking behavior by drivers and bicyclists is vastly different—at least if you listen to talk radio or read the comments section to online news stories.”
“Compared to the cost of roads, pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets are the budgetary equivalent of change found between sofa cushions”
Jeanette Sadik-Khan, author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. Former NYDOT Commissioner. #streetfight
An article from Fast Company in 2015.
“After over a hundred years of living with cars, some cities are slowly starting to realize that the automobile doesn’t make a lot of sense in the urban context. It isn’t just the smog or the traffic deaths; in a city, cars aren’t even a convenient way to get around.”
The health of a city depends upon affordable housing for diverse communities including cultures, colors and religions, young people, artists and musicians who contribute immeasurably to vibrancy and livability.