Bay Head to Develop Walking, Biking Network

 

The state Department of Transporation’s Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs, Local Technical Assistance Program, is working with the Bay Head Steering Committee to develop a plan to enhance bicycle paths and develop a bicycle and pedestrian network that will allow more people to walk or ride a bike to destinations throughout Bay Head.

The plan fits into Mayor William Curtis’ Bay Head wellness program, or “Go Bay Head!” a citizens campaign aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles and more active living in the borough. On April 1, 2011, Bay Head was named the 11th town in New Jersey and the first shore community to be designated as a “Healthy Town” in recognition of the town’s health and wellness initiatives.

A kick-off meeting was held March 27 at the Bay Head Fire House to begin work on the bicycle and pedestrian plan. The finished plan – expected by October – will map out a bicycling and walking network throughout town.

The Bay Head Steering Committee, which is working with the DOT and consultants The RBA Group and Stokes Creative Group Inc. to produce the plan, includes members of the public, borough officials, and state and county representatives.

Part of the work will include helping the borough to create safe streets that will encourage people to bike or walk to their destination.

During the summer months, a public workshop and open house are planned to gather more input from borough residents. The dates of those events will be announced soon. A website is also expected to be created that will provide information about the walking and bicycling network.

 

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