Mayor’s Message: Bike around Voorhees this spring

Voorhees Township has 16 miles of bike paths for residents to enjoy

Last week, I urged you to get outdoors and enjoy our Voorhees parks. This week, I encourage you to hop on your bicycle and ride the Voorhees bike paths.

There are 16.6 miles of bike paths in our township. We have more miles of bike path than any other municipality in Camden County. The Voorhees Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Committee works hard to promote our bike paths and bike safety for the benefit of our community.

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Existing bike paths in Voorhees include Centennial Blvd. from Old Egg Harbor Road to Evesham Road, Kresson Road from Centennial Blvd. to Route 73, Victor Blvd. from Cooper Road to Haddonfield-Berlin Road, Regency Drive to Dutchtown Road, Dutchtown Road through Lions Lake Park, Lucas Lane from Britton Place to White Horse Road, Laurel Oak Road from Haddonfield-Berlin Road connecting to Centennial Blvd. via the path in front of Eastern High School, Cooper Road from Centennial Blvd. to the Berlin Township border, Somerdale Road from Burnt Mill Road to Evesham Road and the entire length of Kirkwood/Gibbsboro Road.

Virtua has installed bike paths on its medical campus on Route 73 which connect to Dutchtown Road and Lions Lake Park.

A map of the Township bike paths is available at Town Hall or on our website at www.voorheesnj.com under the Maps link.

The Voorhees Township Committee continues to apply for grants to fund the improvements and expansion of our bike paths throughout Voorhees Township and region. We are currently designing a portion of bike path which will connect to existing bike lanes on Kresson Road to the bike path at Lions Lake Park. This will be accomplished by installing an off-road bike path along Route 73 to the Voorhees Board of Education building. It is anticipated this work will be completed this fall. Once completed, another 1,600 feet of bikeway will be added to our bike path network. We will continue to work with surrounding communities to connect our bike and pedestrian paths.

More and more people are biking. Buses now have bike racks on the front and trains allow riders to bring bikes on board. The Voorhees Township Police Department has a bike patrol that tours the municipality when weather permits.

Voorhees is a member of the Cross County Connection, an organization working with the state to foster transportation alternatives. Visit their website at www.driveless.com to gain access to interactive bicycle maps throughout South Jersey. The web site will allow you to put in your starting and ending addresses and give you bike path information for your journey. It also provides information about existing and proposed bike paths in the area.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the Voorhees Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Committee should call the Township at (856) 428–5914. Many thanks to this Committee for helping make Voorhees a bicycle-friendly community.

Enjoy your ride!

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation Wine and Food Tasting will be held on Friday, March 22 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mansion on Main Street, 3000 Main Street, Voorhees. Ticket donations are $50 per person in advance or $60 per person at the door. For reservations, call (856) 784–0615 or visit www.victoriousfoundation.org. The foundation installs Teen Centers in hospitals throughout the country to bring hope, excitement and entertainment to teens facing difficult conditions while receiving hospital treatment.

**The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary’s 15thannual Spring Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday, March 31, at Lions Lake Park. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. with games, prizes and a DJ. Children from age one through fifth grade are invited and prizes will be given to all age groups. Please bring your own baskets. For more information visit www.voorheesbreakfastrotary.com.

**The Voorhees Business Association’s Annual Bowling Fundraiser will be on Friday, April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Big Event located in the Ellisburg Shopping Center, 1536 Kings Highway N. in Cherry Hill. This year, the event will benefit various community causes. Bowling lanes will be available for individuals and groups with a maximum of six bowlers per lane. For $20, an individual bowler will be teamed up with other bowlers. A $95 donation gets one lane for six bowlers and includes pizza and a pitcher of soda. For $100, a corporate sponsorship, the group gets one lane and signage. A $150 corporate sponsorship gets one lane with signage, bowling for up to six bowlers, a free pizza and a pitcher of soda. There will also be a basket auction and a 50/50 raffle.For more information about the event or to register, visitwww.voorheesbusinessassociation.orgor send a check to the VBA, P.O. Box 349, Voorhees, New Jersey 08043 with “Bowling” and your sponsorship level in the memo line.

**Camden County will be sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection program on April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Collingswood Public Works Complex, 713 N. Atlantic Avenue in Collingswood. The County will also be conducting a recycling event for electronics on April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Lindenwold at the Camden County Public Works Complex. For more information, call the Division of Environmental Affairs at (856) 858–5241 or check the County’s website at www.camdencounty.com.

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