For the Love of Community
On Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, the residents of the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehab had to be evacuated due to a carbon monoxide leak. Thirty displaced residents were transported by the Stafford Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to Shore Meadows in Toms River. When it was time to get back, Katherine Fitzgerald, Director of the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehab contacted Dave Fitzgerald (no relation) the Director of Ocean Ride Transportation. Mr. Fitzgerald along with Jim Hand, Driver Supervisor, deployed five drivers to the rescue. Among the 30 displaced residents, 15 were in wheelchairs. On Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, the residents of the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehab had to be evacuated due to a carbon monoxide leak. Thirty displaced residents were transported by the Stafford Township Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to Shore Meadows in Toms River. When it was time to get back, Katherine Fitzgerald, Director of the Manahawkin Nursing and Rehab contacted Dave Fitzgerald (no relation) the Director of Ocean Ride Transportation. Mr. Fitzgerald along with Jim Hand, Driver Supervisor, deployed five drivers to the rescue. Among the 30 displaced residents, 15 were in wheelchairs.
Year in review
2018 was a year full of activities and accomplishments, to name a few: redesigned and launched our new website, started work on the Greater Mercer Trail Network Plan study to help create an integrated network of multi-use paths and trails, co-hosted a Vision Zero conference, conducted walk audits in Hightstown, Point Pleasant Boro, and Point Pleasant Beach, organized a Breakfast for Bikers on Bike to Work Day on the Princeton University Campus in partnership with the University’s Transportation and Parking Services. In collaboration with Keep Middlesex Moving TMA, we sponsored Car Free Day promotion, joined forces with the Princeton Police Department for a Street Smart campaign in Princeton, started a pace car program in Hightstown, and developed and started an additional ZLine bus service to a new Amazon facility, and more.
Happy Holidays from all of us at GMTMA!
We at Greater Mercer TMA, would like to wish all of our partners and friends Happy Holidays and we look forward to working with you again in the new year.
Greater Mercer TMA Annual Meeting and Luncheon
On Friday, Oct 26, 2018, Greater Mercer TMA held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Guest speaker at the event was Kim Wiley-Schwartz the New York City Department of Transportation Assistant Commissioner for Education and Outreach. She has been working to make under-served communities better and safer in New York City for over 25 years. As the “chief teacher” as she likes to joke, Ms. Wiley-Schwartz is in charge of traffic safety education efforts for both children and adults, an important strategy in executing New York City’s commitment to Vision Zero. Using crash data to target efforts, she and her team have had a significant impact on making New York City safer for pedestrians.
Hightstown Residents Pledge To Go the Speed Limit
Greater Mercer TMA and the Borough of Hightstown collaborated on a new safety campaign, the Neighborhood Pace Car Program. Hightstown adopted a resolution on October 1st endorsing this citizen-based program that aims to make their community safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by reducing vehicle speed.
Residents can register as a pace car driver by signing a pledge to drive the speed limit, stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks, yield to pedestrians in unmarked crosswalks at intersections, share the road with pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities, eliminate texting and phone use while driving, display the Pace car magnet on their car, and encourage others to take the pledge. The Pace car magnet communicates the intention to drive the speed limit to other drivers and helps slow down the traffic.
Be a Winner, Go Car Free
Put down those car keys, pick-up that bike, lace up those sneakers, hop on the bus, share the ride with a friend or simply stay home; and be sure and join us Friday, September 21 as we celebrate Car Free Day!
Car Free Day is an international event celebrated on September 22 (we’re celebrating the 21st!) People around the world take part in the event by adopting -sustainable transportation options such as taking public transit, bike, walk, work from home, carpool and vanpool.
Street Smart at the Shore
Another Long Beach Island community joined the Street Smart NJ campaign. On July 25, Street Smart NJ kicked off its summer pedestrian safety campaign in Beach Haven.
Beach Haven has joined forces with Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island Township, and Surf City to educate on safety to pedestrians and motorist on LBI.
Bike to Work Week Winners
This year 147 people registered for the event and together they biked 969.28 miles during Bike to Work Week. The Bike to Work Week challenge had 16 winners; the photo contest had 3 winners, 1 grand prize and 2 honorable mentions, and one team won the Employer Team challenge winner. This year’s sponsors were REI Princeton, Kopp’s Cyclery Princeton, Whole Earth Center, Wegmans, Zvelta, St. Lawrence Rehab and GMTMA.
Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Grants Applications Now Available
County, municipal governments, school districts, and schools are eligible to apply for the grant. Non-profit organizations can be eligible for the grant and may partner with a local public agency that will assume responsibility for the grant.The SRTS program provides funding for infrastructure projects such as installation of sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, traffic-calming, and bicycle facilities and for non-infrastructure projects such as public awareness campaigns, walk and bike to school events and training, traffic education and enforcement, and student lessons on bicycle and pedestrian safety, health, and the environment.
Bookmark Contest Winners
The 5th annual Safe Routes to School Bookmark Design contest ended on March 30. The theme of the contest was “Write and draw about USING YOUR SENSES WHILE WALKING AND BIKING. What kind of things do you hear, touch, smell, or see?” Participants were asked to create a bookmark design and haiku. GMTMA selected two winning designs from Ocean County and two winning designs from Mercer County.
Check Out Our New Website
We kept all your favorite features but gave gmtma.org a fresh new look. Check out our new site to see what’s new and learn more about all of our programs and services. Whether you’re an employer or property manager, commuter or community member, senior or student, we’ve got a program for you! Come and see for yourself at gmtma.org.
Exercising Your Creativity is Poetry in Motion
Calling all artists in third through fifth grade; show your love of walking and biking by creating an original haiku poem and then illustrating it. The theme of the contest is “Write and draw about USING YOUR SENSES WHILE WALKING AND BIKING. What kind of things do you hear, touch, smell, or see?”
We Love Trails
With the vision of Mercer County being home to a multi-use trail network that links communities and provides a safe, low stress option to motorized travel, GMTMA is beginning a planning study to support the development of the trails in Mercer County, Montgomery and Plainsboro.
Greater Mercer 2017 Impact
2017 was a busy year for Greater Mercer TMA. We continues to provide rides for seniors, promote sustainable transportation options and bicycle and pedestrian safety, implemented Street Smart campaigns and provided travel instruction to people with disabilities and seniors.