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:
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.
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.
roadway design guidelines based on the most current AASHTO and
NACTO recommendation. The current roadway design guidelines were
drafted in the 1990s.
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
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
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
New Bike Lanes in the City of Camden
Photo from: National Association of City
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 36th 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.
County Connection's Mission: To improve the
quality of life in southern New Jersey through transportation
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.
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.