The New Jersey Bike and Walking Coalition has named Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop an advocate of the year, citing the city’s biking mobility and infrastructure.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We are excited to recognize Mayor Fulop’s leadership in making the City of Jersey City a safer and more bikeable and walkable place to live,” NJBWC Executive Director Debra Kagan said in a statement.
“By incorporating a Vision Zero policy with a quick, phased roll-out of biking infrastructure across the City, Jersey City has provided a successful model for other municipalities in New Jersey looking to make their streets safer for all users.”
NJBWC kicked off their 12th annual Bike and Walk Summit today and four received the 2021 Marty Epstein Advocate of the Year Award: the Princeton Pedestrian & Bicycle Advisory Committee, NJBWC advisory board member Cyndi Steiner, the Trenton Cycling Revolution, and Fulop.
“I’m incredibly honored for this recognition and I am thankful for NJBWC’s efforts to promote pedestrian safety. In urban areas with dense population and limited street space, like Jersey City, bicycling and innovative mobility options are essential,” the mayor added.
“That’s why we’re making the important investments to expand our transportation infrastructure and really open the door to countless opportunities for our residents by addressing the tough transit issues that traditionally affect urban areas most, such as closing transit gaps, affordability, access to jobs and education, and improving connectivity.”
Fulop signed an executive order at the start of 2018 committing Jersey City to a “Vision Zero” goal of eliminating traffic-related fatalities by 2026.
Under the order, a task force established the first-ever Jersey City Bicycle Master Plan, which was pivotal in helping the city construct over 10 miles of bike lanes – a figure that could double by the end of 2022.
On a related note, Jersey City and Hoboken officials unveiled their new bike share program with Citi Bike last month.
Additionally, Bike JC President Patrick Conlon wrote on Twitter that “Jersey City’s engineering and transportation planning departments deserve much credit for their great work to improve our streets for pedestrians & cyclists.”