To the Editor:
The issue of bike lanes vs. on street parking is coming before Princeton’s municipal council again this month.
Princeton’s Pedestrian and Bike Advisory Committee has been working on plans for a bicycling network throughout town. Details are incomplete in what has been made public, but bike lanes or other changes to the following roads are under consideration in the proposed plans: Nassau Street, Route 206, Paul Robeson Place, Wiggins, Hamilton, Prospect Avenue, Rollingmead, Littlebrook, Rosedale, Alexander and/or Washington, Edgerstoune, River Road, and Roper and/or Poe.
The public hearing for the first in what is likely to be a series of related local ordinance changes is on the agenda for the council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 24. That proposed ordinance removes on street parking on a three block stretch of Hamilton Avenue. I voted against it when it was introduced on Jan. 12, because I am not convinced of the merits of the proposed changes, and because the public has not had adequate input into this ordinance and the larger plans for a bicycling network throughout town.
Whether you live, work, drive, park, walk, or bicycle along any of the roads mentioned above, and potentially others throughout town, you will likely be impacted by the decision council makes on Feb. 24. Please consider attending that meeting to hear about what is being proposed, to share your own concerns, and to listen to the concerns of others within the community regarding this issue.
Councilman Patrick Simon