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TRENTON - New Jersey Department of Transportation and Mercer County are seeking feedback on a countywide plan for improving bicycle facilities.  An open-house style meeting will be held at the headquarters branch of the Mercer County Library on Darrah Lane in Lawrence Township on July 14, 2010, from 4 to 7 p.m., and offer the public an opportunity to learn about what makes a roadway compatible for bicycles and provide feedback on how to select locations to make improvements.

Several agencies collaborated on the plan, beginning with the Mercer County Bicycle and Pedestrian Task Force hosted by the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association.  For the last several years, County staff has participated with municipal representatives on the task force, which coordinates activities and shares information across levels of government.  On behalf of the task force, in 2008 the County asked the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) to evaluate the bikeability of the road network in Mercer County.  In 2009, the County applied for a Local Planning Assistance Grant from the New Jersey Department of Transportation's Office of Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs.  The County proposed using the DVRPC bikeability data, improved by public comments on an interactive web map, to develop a countywide bicycle facility master plan.  Consultants under contract to NJDOT have now completed a draft of the plan and the County and NJDOT are seeking comments from the public.

"The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission did a great service to the citizens of Mercer County," said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "Their online map of the bikeability of every road in the county can help people plan their bike rides."

"The Department of Transportation has taken it a step further and developed location-specific strategies to improve bikeability where conditions are not favorable," Hughes continued.  "The County will consult these when it undertakes future road projects and our staff can help our towns identify strategies appropriate for their projects."

The NJDOT has developed a bicycle master plan for state highways and has funded plans for several Mercer municipalities through its Local Planning Assistance program.  Mercer is the first New Jersey county for which NJDOT has funded a countywide plan. The DVRPC bikeability map is at