TOMS RIVER – Toms River Township has been selected to participate in the New Jersey Department of Transportation’s Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs Local Technical Assistance Program. The purpose of this program is to foster the development of active transportation by providing technical planning assistance and professional services to municipalities.
The Township is working with NJDOT and its consultant, NV5 with a sub consultant Stokes Creative Group, on a Township-wide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan will focus on the mainland portion of the Township.
The plan will comprehensively identify opportunities to create, enhance, and expand walking and bicycling facilities throughout the township. The goal is to advance Toms River’s vision for safe bicycle and pedestrian travel throughout the Township. The Township’s residents, businesses, elected officials and stakeholders will participate and provide their input throughout the project through the involvement of a project Steering Committee and outreach efforts including a project website, community survey, public visioning workshops and a public open house.
Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher said, “Toms River will benefit from having improved bicycle and pedestrian paths. This not only gives our residents and visitors another means of travel without having to use a car, but it also spurs recreational and physical activity for the whole family.”
The plan will identify a priority bicycle and pedestrian network that links key destinations such as schools, parks, downtown Toms River, Winding River Trail, and the developing River Walk trail. As part of the comprehensive approach, the plan will outline recommendations for the township to implement and help prioritize future transportation investment.
The Township of Toms River’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan will be developed during the fall and spring and expected to be completed by July 2019.