Burlington County receives grant to identify pedestrian and bicycle safety improvements

Special to The Sun
Bicyclists travel on the newest section of the Delaware River Heritage Trail that runs from Bordentown to the Roebling section of Florence in Burlington County.

Burlington County is taking new steps to help pedestrians and bicyclists move about the county more safely.

The Burlington County Board of Commissioners announced that the county was awarded $400,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation and its new Safe Streets for All program to study and plan improvements to boost safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.

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The county plans to analyze existing infrastructure and accident data to identify intersections or other areas that are the most dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable users. The funds will also be used to identify specific improvements and projects to pursue and prioritize, including new off-road pedestrian and bicycle trails.

Burlington County was the only jurisdiction in New Jersey to be awarded funding. Nationwide, 99 communities received a combined $63 million from the new Safe Streets for All program.

Burlington County is already engaged in a regional study with the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission that is focused on improving traffic safety for all users across South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia region. County officials said its new pedestrian and bicyclist safety plan will be an extension of that regional study, called Regional Vision Zero.

The county study will look for potential improvements throughout the county.

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