More diary rescue fron the weekend – Promoted by Rosi.
Within the next few weeks, a vote is expected to come up on a bill that would give those of us who walk and bike around our communities more visibility in the state government. With bill S2521, the state Senate aims to create a Pedestrian Safety Study Commission whose job it will be to “study, examine, and review the issue of pedestrian safety in New Jersey.” It will create a commission whose members will range from members of the legislature to NJDOT officials to members of the public.
This is an important bill in a state that's seeing its young people moving back to the kind of old, walkable towns New Jerseyans largely inhabited before the widespread adoption of the automobile in the 20th century. As Sergio Bichao writes in an article today on MyCentralJersey.com, we millennials would “much prefer living in what we call LWP — live, work, play — environment, with walkable neighborhoods instead of long commutes.”
Cities like Newark and Jersey City get the majority of the coverage of this movement, but smaller inner-ring transit-connected suburbs with walkable downtowns like Rutherford and Irvington in the north, Red Bank and Lambertville in the middle, and Collingswood and Haddonfield in the south are all seeing an influx of young professionals who want to live in towns where they can walk or bike to shops, restaurants, and if not their jobs, a train or bus that can get them there. A Senate pedestrian and bike safety commission will be an important step toward making our towns safer to get around by means other than by car, which will only make our towns stronger in the future.
I urge everyone reading this to contact their state senator and let them you want to see this bike and pedestrian safety bill pass. Calling takes two minutes (you can find their phone numbers here) or you can send an email through the legislature's website.