Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Another Mayor Booker Presents His Active Living Agenda

In Burlington County, Edgewater Park's new Mayor Darrell J. Booker published his welcome message in the January 2011 edition of the Beverly Bee. The Mayor wished to make health a major priority of during his tenure noting that poor nutrition and that the "lack of access to safe and well maintained parks and recreational space" were barriers for some to healthy living. He went on to say that "We need safe streets, bike lanes, parks and recreational facilities to make physical fitness an achievable goal"

beverly bee Mayor Booker

We would love to compile a list of local elected officials in New Jersey who have made active living a part of their agenda. If you know of a link or a quote from a current elected official please send us info in the comments section.

1 comment:

Andrew J. Besold said...

In my hometown, North Brunswick's mayor and council are all in support for making the town more pedestrian and bicycle friendly. They haven't been as outwardly vocal as the new mayor of Edgewater Park but they all openly support the idea in public meetings. One innovative thing our town has done has been the installation of marked walking routes in my neighborhood and others to encourage walking for exercise.

As a member of the environmental committee, I'm in the process of putting together a bicycle and pedestrian plan that uses a very innovative new analysis technique that I've developed that essentially shows how little needs to be done to make a town completely walk and bike friendly (hint, most residential streets in New Jersey don't need anything done to them).