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GMTMA Awarded Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Grant

September 2019

Mercer County has been selected as one of five communities by the National Center for Mobility Management (NCMM), to develop and test ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well-being.

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West Windsor Pace Car

August 2019

West Windsor Township and Greater Mercer TMA have collaborated on a new safety campaign called the Neighborhood PACE Car Program. The PACE Car Program is a citizen-based campaign that aims to make their community safer for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers by reducing vehicle speed.   West Windsor Township, West Windsor’s Volunteer Fire Company No. 1, Greater Mercer TMA, and West Windsor Bicycle and Pedestrian Alliance, expressed their support for the campaign.

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Announcing Bike to Work Week and Bike Month Winners

July 2019

The Bike to Work Week and Bike Month participants logged over 1,800 miles and over 340 rides, and many told us they had a great time doing it. Joe C. said he:  “Always love bike month! I am now getting my toddler into it as well as she follows me around in my bike trailer evenings after work and on the weekends. And I ride my bike to work every day as well!” 

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Plainsboro Launches Street Smart Campaign

June 2019

On Saturday May 11, 2019, Mayor Peter Cantu announced that Plainsboro Township will be conducting a Street Smart NJ pedestrian safety education campaign. The Street Smart NJ campaign is a collaborative effort between public, private and non-profit organizations. Local police will be enforcing pedestrian laws in the township and working with several partners – including the police, Township administration, and schools – to educate motorists and pedestrians throughout the month of June.

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Bike Month and Bookmark Contest Winners

May 2019

In celebration of NJ Bike and Walk to School Month, Greater Mercer TMA (GMTMA) announced the winners of its Safe Routes to School Bookmark Design Contest. Third through fifth graders in Mercer and Ocean County were asked to create a bookmark design with the theme “Create your own Superhero! What does a Sustainability Superhero look like to you? What powers or gadgets would your Sustainability Superhero have to make your neighborhood cleaner and friendlier?”

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Earth Day is April 22

April 2019

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (nhtsa.gov), between 2012-2017, nearly 20,000 people in the U.S. were killed in a crash involving a distracted driver.

In April, as part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, NHTSA will again be partnering with state and local law enforcement for the U Drive. U Text. U Pay campaign as a reminder to all drivers that distracted driving is deadly and illegal.

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Earth Day is April 22

March 2019

Earth Day is April 22. If you haven’t scheduled an event with GMTMA, please let us know soon, we are booking fast!  We can help with sustainable transportation options, anti-idling, walk and bike to school, and more.

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For the Love of Community

February 2019

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. 

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Year in review

January 2019

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.

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Year in review

January 2019

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.

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Happy Holidays from all of us at GMTMA!

December 2018

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.

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Greater Mercer TMA Annual Meeting and Luncheon

November 2018

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.

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Hightstown Residents Pledge To Go the Speed Limit

October 2018

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.

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Be a Winner, Go Car Free

September 2018

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.

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Street Smart at the Shore

August 2018

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.

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Bike to Work Week Winners

July 2018

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.

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Safe Routes to School and Transportation Alternatives Grants Applications Now Available

June 2018

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.

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Bookmark Contest Winners

May 2018

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.

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Check Out Our New Website

April 2018

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.

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Exercising Your Creativity is Poetry in Motion

March 2018

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?”

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We Love Trails

February 2018

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.

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Greater Mercer 2017 Impact

January 2018

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.

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