The Murphy administration wants us to get on our bikes. It has just announced grants totaling $3 million to 13 municipalities for transit and bikeway projects to the tune of $3 million.
“In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, it is important that we encourage the use of alternate forms of transportation, such as biking or public transportation,” said Gov. Phil Murphy, who, while to our knowledge he has not been seen much on a bicycle, has often been pictured using his pedal extremities in road races. “These grants support biking, walking, and mass transit programs designed to help drive better health and environmental outcomes that make New Jersey a more livable state,” he said.
The three programs — Bikeway, Safe Streets to Transit and Transit Villages — each provide $1 million in grants annually as part of NJDOT’s Local Aid program funded through the State Transportation Trust Fund. Projects for each program are awarded on a competitive basis.
Bikeway grants went to East Windsor, Mercer County ($450,000); Lakewood, Ocean County ($375,000) and Pennsville, Salem County ($175,000). Grants from the Safe Streets to Transit program went to Jersey City, Hudson County ($400,000); Millville, Cumberland County, $210,000; Somers Point, Atlantic County ($200,000) and Trenton, Mercer County ($190,000). As part of the Transit Village Program, grants were awarded to Long Branch, Monmouth County ($475,000); Rutherford, Bergen County ($210,000); Plainfield, Union County ($150,000); Irvington, Essex County ($100,000); West Windsor, Mercer County ($40,000) and East Orange, Essex County ($25,000).