New Bike Infrastucture Installed During National Bike Month and We Want Your Feedback
PRINCETON, NJ – Mayor Liz Lempert and Princeton’s Engineering Department are pleased to announce the installation of new bicycle infrastructure in Princeton including a bicycle parking corral on Witherspoon Street across from the Princeton Public Library; covered bicycle parking inside the Spring Street Garage; and an experimental bike lane entitled Beta Bike Lane on a half mile section of Wiggins Street / Hamilton Avenue between Sylvia Beach Way and Walnut Lane.
With these bicycle infrastructure additions, Princeton seeks to promote bicycle travel as an alternative and sustainable mode of transportation.
“These much needed facilities make an important contribution to the sustainability, quality of life, and affordability of our town,” said Councilman David Cohen. “Helping residents to reduce their carbon footprint by making it easier for them to use alternative modes of transportation; reducing congestion and parking demand by getting residents out of their automobiles; promoting health by encouraging active mobility; and providing a viable means of getting around town while avoiding the costs of owning an automobile – all these benefits start with the small steps we are taking as a town today,” Cohen added.
“These latest effort address two pressure points in our downtown: the need for designated bike lanes and more bike parking,” said Councilman Tim Quinn, liaison to the Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee. “Bike lanes benefit everyone; cyclists know where it’s safe to ride, pedestrians don’t have to compete with cyclists for sidewalk space and motorists know where to expect cyclists on the road. And the fact that we can’t keep pace with the bike parking needs in our downtown is one indicator that cycling is an ever-more popular mode of transportation,” Quinn continued.
While the Spring Street Garage bike parking will be available year round, the bike corral is a seasonal installation ending in October. The Beta Bike Lane, consisting of dedicated 5-foot wide bike lanes on each side of the road, is planned to be in place from May 20 through May 29, weather permitting. The Princeton Bicycle Advisory Committee and volunteers have contributed many hours to the planning, outreach and implementation of this project.
We encourage residents and visitors to bicycle in Princeton and try out the new infrastructure. Additional information is available on the Bicycle Mobility Plan which can be viewed on the municipal website from the following link, Bicycle Bicycle Mobility Study
As of Sunday May 20 the Beta Bike Lanes were installed by a great group of volunteers. Here are some photos of the install and of the first rider on the bike lanes.