Mayor’s Column: Bike Lanes

A review of the bike lanes and paths available in Voorhees Township.

Last month, I encouraged all to enjoy the warm weather and get outside and experience our wonderful Voorhees park system.  This week, I encourage you to hop on your bicycles and ride the extensive Voorhees bike paths.

There are over 23 miles of bike paths in our township. We take pride in having more miles of bike paths 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, Route 73 from Kresson Road to Lion Lake Park through the rear of the Board of Education building, 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, Voorhees Dr. from Laurel Oak Rd. to Haddon field-Berlin 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.

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

As part of the 2021 road improvement program, bike lanes will be installed along the entire length of Britton Place. Grant applications have been submitted to add bike lanes along Preston Avenue and Evesham Road in the Ashland area.  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 website 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!

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** On-line registration for the 2021-2022 Voorhees Township Public School kindergarten full day program opened on March 1. Any child who will turn 5 on or before Oct. 1, 2021 is eligible for kindergarten admission in Sept. 2021. Beginning March 1, pre-registration can be completed at genesis.voorhees.k12.nj.us/genesis/openReg. After the pre-registration is completed, a staff member will contact for you for additional information.

**The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club is holding a shredding event on May 1, from 9a.m. to noon at Tab Shredding, 341 Cooper Rd., West Berlin. The cost is $30 for up to 3bags/boxes plus $10 for each additional bag/box up to 10. All proceeds will go to charity. Masks and social distancing will be maintained.

** Voorhees Township is offering discounted tickets to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood. Tickets are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office at Voorhees Town Hall. Prices vary according to the type of ticket and several options are available to residents and non-residents. For more information about tickets, visit www.voorheesnj.com