Mayor’s Message: Bike Paths in Voorhees Township

The Voorhees Township Bicycle and Pedestrian Pathway Committee works hard to promote our bike paths and bike safety for the benefit of our community

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 over 17 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.

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, Pine Avenue from Burnt Mill Road to Kirkwood Park 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 Township Committee continues to apply for grants to fund the improvements and expansion of our bike paths throughout the township and region. We are currently completing a portion of a bike path which will connect existing bike lanes on Kresson Road to the bike path at Lions Lake Park. This is being 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 spring. 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.comto 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!

** Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will take place at the Administration Building on the following dates: Wednesday, March 4 for last names beginning with the letters A-L, Wednesday, March 18 for last names beginning with the letters M-Z and Wednesday, March 25 for make-up registrations. Each registration will run from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

** The Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation Wine and Food Tasting will be held on Friday, March 27 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Mansion on Main Street. Ticket donations are $60 per person in advance or $75 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 Arts Council is hosting international harpist Madeleine Doherty for an evening of music featuring some of her beautiful compositions along with traditional Irish songs. The event will be held April 3 with a wine and cheese reception starting at 6:30 p.m. and music and conversation from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and seating is limited. For more information text 609-315-6218 or visit https://voorheesartscouncil.org/.

** The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary’s Annual Spring Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4, at Lions Lake Park. The fun begins at 10:30 a.m. with games, prizes and a DJ. The egg hunt starts at 11 a.m. Children from age 1 through 5thgrade are invited and prizes will be given to all age groups. The rain date is April 11. Please bring your own baskets. For more information, visit www.voorheesbreakfastrotary.com.

**Camden County will be sponsoring a household hazardous waste collection program on March 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Public Works Complex, 1 Perina Boulevard, Cherry Hill. For more information, call the Division of Environmental Affairs at 856-858-5241 or check the County’s website at  www.camdencounty.com.