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POLL: What Do You Think About ‘Complete Streets’ in the Borough?

Borough Council adopted a ‘Complete Streets’ policy at the March 22 meeting.

The looks to make local roads more user friendly with the adoption of the ‘Complete Streets’ policy.

The policy adopted at the March 22 meeting, requires the Borough to make necessary accommodations for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. Some examples of accommodations include adding accessible sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, countdown pedestrian signals, curb extensions, and more, in order to fulfill the New Jersey Department of Transportations definition of a complete street.

In previous years, the Borough prepared a Local Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan with grant funding from the state and from the Department of Transportation. According to the resolution, the newly adopted policy would only enhance the town's pervious measures taken to improve the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, children, older citizens, non-drivers and the mobility challenged.

The resolution states that “Freehold Borough supports this ‘Complete Streets’ initiative and wishes to reinforce its commitment to creating a comprehensive, integrated, connected street network that safely accommodates all road users of all abilities and for all trips.”

Claudine Scozzari March 31, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Wow, you can file this under things I would have never expected the adults of the community to do. For a community that is so concerned with the safety of children, you are expecting a nine (9) year old to play in traffic. And, I say this confidently, because the State case law and the legal community fought and won for the right to allow a reduced roadway width making the available travelway for the 9 year old to ride that brand new bicycle on that roadway much more dangerous than in the recent past. This is because the adults of the community can't share the sidewalk with a 9 year old on a bicycle. As an adult in the community, I think those adults who exert their power by making rules in the community that might interfere in the quality of human life of other human beings should go back to kindergarten. In a court of law, a minor is a human being with rights, whether the adults want those minors to have rights or not. I am been told the children in this community are learning how to share by participating in activities with other children. There are many adults in positions of power in this community that might benefit from a this type of education. I blame the judges and their rulings to allow this to occur since the court rulings in this State may have created this unsafe situation for the minors of the community. The design width in a walking community should be 5 feet wide, as opposed to the reduced 4 foot width that was used in the past.
Kathy Mulholland March 31, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Claudine, I kind of think this is the point behind the "Complete Streets" and bicycle-friendly initiatives that are being presented. I would, personally, like to see the bike-on-the-sidewalk age raised to 16. But Freehold has too many bicyclists of adult age riding on the sidewalks; a community can absorb and tolerate a few random violators, but the number of people who use bicycles for purposeful transportation AND use sidewalks for that is very high here. I agree that sumarily kicking adult riders off of the sidewalks alone is not a complete answer. I think bicycles are great; Freehold has a great bicycle history; many people here, including children, use bikes for transportation. I ride some myself. Freehold needs a comprehensive and well-throught-out...and evenly applied...bicycle infrastructure that includes regulations/ordinances, proper signage, improved lane access, and even enforcement. I think your alarmist adults-lording-power-over-helpless-minors tone is a bit over-the-top, though perhaps you're just using hyperbole to make a point.
Claudine Scozzari March 31, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Quite honestly, I don't think it is over the top. The reason: The moment Freehold Borough places a law in writing in the form of an ordinance, the law is then open for interpretration in the courts. An intrepration by the couts means that some judge is ruling from the bench. Quite frankly, the wording of the ordinance lends itself to that over the top intepretation. People ride bicycles in Freehold Borough. If curteous behavior is observed, why do need an ordinance about a bicycle on the sidewalk. It is safer for that particular mode of transportation to be on a sidewalk, as opposed to traveling with a tractor trailor making a delivery. Accidents happen, and you want to avoid dangerous situations. However, making a decision on which pedestrians may use the sidewalk is in itself over the top. The township now has a facility where motorized wheelchairs are used, which take up more space on the sidewalk. And, the township has the same zip code as Freehold Borough, lending itself in a question of which municipality from a United State Postal Service perspective. I just don't understand why the local officials would "open a can of worms that doesn't need to be opened". People in this community can't be curteous to one another. Or, do you have a problem with the people in this community that don't use fancy cars.
Richard Berger April 01, 2012 at 02:07 AM
With complete streets, we wouldn't be having this argument.
Claudine Scozzari April 01, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Without the end-user, we wouldn't be having this argument.

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