The following again comes to us from our friends at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and is posted here with their permission. Again, WalkBikeJersey fully supports the opinions expressed in this article.
Officials in Haddonfield Borough and Camden County have forged a
compromise agreement on the installation of bike lanes on Grove St. Bike
lanes will be included between Hopkins and South Edge Park Drive (shown
in blue on the map). The rest of the project will follow the original
plan, which includes standard shoulders north and south of the bike
lanes. The roadway will narrow at the north end and it will not include
shoulders and there are no plans to include sharrows on
this short segment. Instead the project team is looking at the
possibility of widening the sidewalk for bicycle use to improve the
connection to the Cooper River Trail in Pennypacker Park.
We applaud the cooperation between the Borough, the County and the
residents who helped shape the final design of this project. Overall
this will be a major improvement for bicyclists and pedestrians who want
to to travel between the Historic Downtown and Camden County's largest
Still we are mindful of the disconnect between the conventional (and
outdated) transportation thinking by transportation officials and roadway engineers in New Jersey that "shoulders are bikeways" vs. the
NJ State Supreme Court's "shoulders are not bike lanes" decision in the Polzo vs County of Essex case. It's a dilemma that the state has to resolve and it will require a rewrite of the State's vehicle code and NJDOT's bikeway accommodation guidelines.
Click here for updates on the Grove Street project.