And good bye 2017! Like most years, 2017 was filled with many good things along with some of the not so good things. Under the good things category, we have seen the expansion of the Princeton bike share, increased awareness for driver education to increase bicycle and pedestrian safety, complete streets adoption in many towns, and the launch of a comprehensive resource for commuters, the njrideshare.com website, among others. But the increase in traffic deaths in NJ, the need for more bicycle and pedestrian improvements, and the poor state of our infrastructure, are some things we would like to see improve.
So, filled with hope and positive outlook, we proceeded to ask the people in our office what would they like to see happen in 2018 and they had a few things to say. Here are some of the things we would hope to see happen in 2018:
- Fewer cars idling, particularly in cars warming up, people on lunch break (try not to use your car during your lunch break)
- more employers promoting vanpooling as a way for their employees to commute to work
- More women sign up for our Bike to Work Week challenge ( May 19 – May 23, 2018)
- More children walking and biking to school
- A NJT bus route from Little Egg Harbor Township, Via Manahawkin, Toms River to Princeton/West Windsor (OK, this one seems like a personal request)
- A Vision Zero policy for any county or municipality or NJDOT
- More complete streets projects implemented
- The last unbuilt section of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail to be completed (won’t be 2018, but maybe by 2020)
- A Mercer County trails plan
- Princeton’s (Zagster) Bike Share system expanded into West Windsor and Plainsboro
- Bike Share in Trenton
- A Complete Streets policy for Ocean County
- Fewer aggressive drivers!
Happy and Safe New Year!