May 24, 2007

CONTACT: Wayne Avery, (908) 527-4742
Sebastian D’Elia, (908) 527-4419



Union County Freeholder Chairwoman Bette Jane Kowalski announced today the county will hold an “Open House” style meeting to get the public’s input on The Union County Comprehensive Bicycle Master Plan. The meeting will be held Thursday, June 7 at the Cranford Recreation and Parks Department, 220 Walnut Avenue in Cranford, New Jersey. The venue is within walking distance of the Cranford rail station and there is ample free parking. The public will be able to meet with representatives of the Union County Division of Planning and Community Development and the project consultants, The RBA Group, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Room 201.

“Bicycle riding is a great form of exercise and recreation, and we are striving here in Union County to make it a safe activity for those who want to enjoy it,” said Chairwoman Kowalski. “With this study we will be able to gauge the needs of the public and come up with a viable plan to make bicycles a safe alternative to automobiles.”

Residents are invited to attend the meeting and learn more about the county’s effort to develop an overall plan for bicycle use in the County with guidelines that could be used to integrate bicycle pathways into the design of future mixed use development and transportation improvement projects. Residents will be able to review the displays and mapping positions throughout the meeting room.  Project members will be on-site to offer explanations, answer questions and receive comments.

Those attending will be able to view the Bicycle Master Plan Route Map that has been updated and incorporates all the comments and information received at earlier meetings. Representatives from municipalities, bicycling public, bicycle advocates, the general public and transportation agencies have all had input in to this project.

Funding for this $150,000 project is provided by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority and the County of Union.