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Issue: 16                                    Government Services                                      July 2015

 


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Welcome to Cross County Connection's Newsletter for Municipal and County Leaders! These newsletters provide updates on recent transportation-related projects and accomplishments, regional transportation news, and major construction activity in southern New Jersey. Feel free to share with your staff, residents and local businesses. We hope you enjoy!

 

 

New Jersey 11th Most Bicycle Friendly State

The League of American Bicyclists released their 2015 Bicycle Friendly State rankings, with New Jersey finishing number 11 on the list. New Jersey climbed one spot on the list, from their 12th

place ranking in 2014. Washington, Minnesota, and Delaware held the top three positions in the 2015 rankings. Our neighbor across the Delaware, Pennsylvania, was right behind at #12. While it is nice to see New Jersey climb a spot in the League's rankings, it should be noted that New Jersey previously finished as high as fifth in 2011, and was seventh as recently as 2013.

 

 

The League of American Bicyclists prepares a report card for each state to explain their rankings. The report cards include a list of recommendations for each state that could improve their standing. Notable recommendations include:

  • Adopt a safe passing law with a minimum distance of three feet to address bicyclist safety. A measure passed the NJ State Assembly in June 2014, requiring a motorist to give a bicyclist a minimum of four feet clearance when passing. However, the bill has stalled in the Senate Transportation Committee.
  • Adopt a law prohibiting a motorist from opening an automobile's door unless the motorist is able to do so safely. New Jersey is one of only 10 states to not have this type of law.
  • Update roadway design guidelines based on the most current AASHTO and NACTO recommendation. The current roadway design guidelines were drafted in the 1990s.
  • Integrate bicycle enforcement training into the police academy curriculum for new officers.

The league of American Bicyclists has been the nation's leading bicycle advocacy organization since 1880. Through information, advocacy, and promotion they seek to create safer roads, stronger communities, and a bicycle friendly America.  For more information on the League's Bicycle Friendly State Rankings visit: bikeleague.org. For assistance in making your community more bicycle friendly, contact Patrick Farley, Cross County Connection's Land Use and Transportation Specialist, at (856) 596-8228 or Farley@driveless.com.   

 

To learn more about New Jersey's Bicycle Friendliness Ranking, be on the lookout for the next EZ Rider Magazine, Cross County Connection's quarterly publication.  

 

 

Google Maps to Reduce Rail Crossings Accidents 

The Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce a new partnership with Google to provide the locations of all grade crossings in the Google Maps application. This partnership comes following a sharp increase in the number of rail crossing accidents in 2014.The first year in the last decade that the number has increased from the previous year.

 

Federal regulators want to reduce the number of car and truck grade-crossing deaths each year. They believe that providing GPS mapping software that will alert drivers about crossings locations will help decrease the number of accidents. The Department of Transportation has developed its own application, the Rail Crossing Locator Mobile Application, which provides crossing locations but does not alert drivers and is nowhere near as widely used as the Google Maps App. The Google Maps application is expected to have audio and visual alerts for when drivers use the turn-by-turn navigation feature. Google Maps data will be expanded to include nearly 250,000 grade-level railroad crossings, public and private.


 While there is no exact date for when crossing information will be available, DOT officials say Google has made the project a priority. 

 

 

New  Bike Lanes in the City of Camden

Photo from: National Association of City Transportation Officials

The City of Camden will be implementing new buffered bike lanes throughout the City. Buffered bike lanes differ from ordinary bike lanes in that they are paired with a buffer space separating the bike lane from the adjacent motor vehicle travel lane and/or parking lane.


 The project will provide buffered bike lanes, standard bike lanes and shared lane markings between Jersey Joe Walcott Blvd (Delaware Ave) and Cooper St, to 36
th St and Harrison Ave. This will connect the Camden Waterfront with the new Salvation Army Kroc Center and Pennsauken Township. 

 

 

Papal Visit Transit Plans 

The City of Philadelphia is just two short months away from hosting the largest event in City history. September 26th and 27th, the weekend of the Papal visit is expected to bring over 1.5 million people into Philadelphia. With such a large volume of people coming into the city, private vehicles are not a viable option. Public transit and walking are heavily encouraged. In order to accommodate for such a large demand of public transportation, many services are being adjusted and extended to meet the need. Cross County Connection will provide a special newsletter with details about services and transportation options for the weekend of the Papal Visit. Keep an eye out for this publication to stay informed on what options will be available for getting in and out of Philadelphia.

 

 

Upcoming Webinars

 

Sustainable Jersey 

Tuesday, September 8 | 3:00-4:00pm

 

 

South Jersey News Flash

Cape May Herald | June 22, 2015

 

These NJ TRANSIT Bus Schedules Change on Saturday

 NJ.com | June 22, 2015

 

New PATCO Schedule Begins Sunday, July 5, 2015

Ridepatco.org | July 30, 2015

 

NJ.com | July 5, 2015

 

Cross County Connection's Mission: To improve the quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation solutions.

 

About Us: Cross County Connection, a nonprofit organization, partners with the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA), the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), NJ TRANSIT, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), the South Jersey Transportation Planning Organization (SJTPO), member organizations and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, to provide solutions to complex transportation problems for counties, municipalities and employers in the southern New Jersey region encompassing Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties. 

 

 

This Cross County Connection Transportation Management Association publication is funded by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The U.S. Government and NJTPA assume no liability for the contents.  

 

 

                      

 

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