Jersey City to issue RFP to hire outside consultant for citywide Bicycle Master Plan

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The City of Jersey City is prepared to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to hire an outside consultant for the citywide Bicycle Master Plan, which is expected to take about one year to develop. 

Photo via inhabitat.com.
Photo via inhabitat.com.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“In a city as large as Jersey City, we recognize there is an opportunity to think strategically about how we can improve the safety and connectivity of our bike network to fit the needs of our residents,” Mayor Steven Fulop said in a statement.

“As a City, creating safer and more effective bike-friendly streets is a priority, and our future Bicycle Master Plan will allow us to work towards that goal with the community.”

The plan will specify how the city can expand its existing facilities such as bike lanes, parking, storage, bike share, and integration with transit systems.

With a comprehensive approach to improving the bicycle network, the city hopes to encourage more residents to choose bicycles over other modes of transportation.

The development of the plan will occur over a 12-month period, and will include opportunities for public input.

During the past four years, the city has installed over 22 miles of bike lanes that help improve connectivity between neighborhoods.

Currently, the city is planning the installation of protected bike lanes, which protect riders by creating a physical barrier between bike paths and traffic.

The RFP for an outside consultant for the plan is set to be issued by the city today.

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