Friday, December 08, 2006

Union County Bike Plan Meeting 12-12, 2-4pm

Union County Will Hold Meeting to Discuss
County-wide Bicycle Master Plan, Dec. 12

ELIZABETH— A meeting to focus on planning new bicycle routes in Union County will be held December 12, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced today.

Union County Division of Planning and Community Development has scheduled the public meeting for Tuesday, December 12, at the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department, Room 204, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford from 2-4pm. Parking is available at the site. The building is located 2 blocks south of the Cranford Train Station.

“The existing bicycle map and guide is almost 25 years old,” said Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan, Transportation Advisory Board liaison. “This meeting will focus on how to update the map and guide and create safer routes for all county residents regardless of how they use a bicycle.”

This is the second meeting of the Union County Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan Project. In addition to planning various bicycle routes, the planners will discuss challenges in creating the new routes and the development of an integrated bikeway system that includes on-road and off-road facilities.

“We are encouraging the public to be a part of this meeting.” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella. “Resident input is critical in the planning process; we need to know what their needs and concerns are.”

The Union County Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan Project is designed to encourage the functional and recreational use of bicycles in Union County.

Upon completion, residents will have access to new routes and a new map. Guidelines will also be offered that can be used to encourage the safe use of bicycles in the future. The completed project will create yet another means for all residents to commute in Union County. Residents both young and old will have access to on-road and off-road facilities, enabling them to travel or recreate throughout the county.

Funding for the project is provided by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the County Of Union. A consultant team led by The RBA Group has been awarded this contract.

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