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Firm Suggests Bike Lanes, Traffic Changes for Point Boro

Concept to realign lanes of Rt. 88 bridge with bike lanes
Concept to realign lanes of Rt. 88 bridge with bike lanes
Concept plans to improve Point Pleasant Borough's pedestrian and bicycle traffic could include reconfiguring Route 88 bridge lanes, adding curbs and sidewalks to borough thorofares, and creating one-way streets near schools.

Point Pleasant Borough Residents were introduced to traffic change suggestions from the firm Parsons Brinckerhoff, who prepared the concepts after studying the borough and meeting with a local steering committee since June. The concepts were presented to the public at Ocean Road Elementary School, gathering more local input before a final report is presented to borough council in January.

Among the concepts:
Reconfigure the Route 88 bridge with one eastbound vehicle lane, two westbound lanes, bike lanes for east bound and westbound cyclists, and a 2.5 foot buffer between the bike and vehicle traffic.

Create a better network of sidewalks along Bridge, River, Beaver Dam and other major roadways, where business driveways often exist instead of sidewalk and curbing.

Create a more formal pedestrian and bike path along the canal waterfront's eastern side.

Add pedestrian crosswalks and address bicycle and vehicle shared lanes at Route 88 and Arnold Avenue intersection, adding a "bike box" where bicyclists could wait at a red light or turn left onto Arnold. An expanded concept for the intersection would add bike lanes in each direction.

Improve pedestrian traffic around the schools, putting sidewalks on residential streets, crosswalks and pedestrian traffic signals at intersections.

Turn Spruce and Oak into one-way streets for westbound traffic, and Chestnut and Cedar into one-way streets for eastbound traffic. Parking would be allowed on one side of the streets, a bike lane would be added to the other side, and sidewalks would be installed.

Create a network of bike lanes, including Route 88, and linking up to Brick's bike lane on Princeton Avenue to Beaver Dam Road in Point.

Parsons Brinckerhoff staff said the design concepts do not include expensive projects such as expanding roadways. Most of the suggestions in the concepts would be completed by restriping roadways to include bike lanes and buffers, or painting crosswalks. The more expensive suggestions would be creating curbing and pouring sidewalks, or installing pedestrian traffic signals/warning lights.

The event, held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., drew several dozens attendees who talked with staff and reviewed the concept drawings and a presentation.

The firm collected feedback from attendees, and will incorporate the evening's findings into a revised plan for final review by the Borough Council sometime in January.

At that point, the council would decide which, if any, concepts it wanted to work on, and proceed with its plan from there.

The study and concept presentation were paid for with a grant through the Complete Streets program, which funds projects address traffic safety and pedestrian and bicyclist traffic.
Peter Hagemeyer December 13, 2013 at 07:32 AM
The analysis and plans were paid for using grant money from the complete streets program, didn't cost the town a cent. There is state and federal money available for improving pedestrian and bike access, they aim to tap that. BUT none of it can be done without a plan. The plan is to improve Point Pleasant and make it a nicer and safer place to drive, bike, and walk. Who wouldn't want that? Implementation of the plan, and/or parts of it will take years. Many of the recommendations take no more than paint, others concrete, construction, and more. The goal is to make it a nicer town, improve property values, and keep existing values from sinking. Either way council is going to spend money, why not of this?
Da Poppa December 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM
I agree, although the money spent is taxpayer money, nothing is free. That being said, modification of the traffic lanes to support cycling and pedestrian safety is long over due. I do not think that taking away an east bound land from the Rt 88 bridge is sound. Preferable cycling traffic should be in the same direction as the flow of vehicular traffic. Also the Lovelandtown bridge deck needs to be upgraded from perforated steel to a solid surface along the shoulders for bicycles. But this is a great start.
Laura December 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM
Da Poppa, Agree that taking away an east bound lane is not a very smart plan. Making Spruce one way has been suggested for years and years, as has, parking on one side. The Council has always done nothing to alleviate the traffic problem by the schools. They have just ignored it. The streetscape plan was done 15 years ago or more? How's that coming.
used2bbeach December 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Why was there no mention of Herbertsville Road? There's barely enough room to ride a bike on the "shoulder" of that road.
Bill Schrader December 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Changing to one lane either way on the 88 Bridge would a complete mess. Other ideas are sound.
Peter Hagemeyer December 13, 2013 at 02:58 PM
if you would have been to the meeting and talked to the plan creators you'd know that they identified Lovelandtown and Rt 88 bridge as problem areas after studying traffic patterns and usage. They also suggested 4 ways to improve them, the "road diet" was only one of them.
patrick allgor December 13, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Just tell the kids not to ride in the road out in the middle of traffic like they do now ....
re-tired December 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM
Bikes should be walked over the bridges , no bike lanes would be necessary or make a bike lane on one side of pedestrian walkway. Don`t take away car lanes. Bike riders need lights at night and kids younger than 10 should be kept off the roads period! Bike safety should be taught in schools ,since parents don`t seem to monitor them anymore. Also register bicycles and give them a plate so we can report some of the idiots who evidently have a death wish and get them off the road !
Da Poppa December 14, 2013 at 08:46 PM
Dear retread, are you kidding? I'm guessing not. Bicycles are vehicles and should be treated as such. Drivers of motorized vehicles, like cars and truck, need to be trained properly in relationship to rules of the road and right of way. I don't agree with removing a lane of traffic from the 88 bridge, but some of the other ideas to promote safe bicycling in the Boro is long overdue. Sidewalks are for walking, roads are for riding, in a car of truck, or on a motorcycle or bicycle.
patrick allgor December 14, 2013 at 09:58 PM
The problem is these kids know that they can get away with murder on their bikes having no regard to traffic safety they hop off of the curbs right into on coming traffic even if you lay on the horn they either shoot you the finger or ignore you completely...and when one of them get hit by a car it's automatically the drivers fault due to the current laws we have.

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