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More Bike Lanes in the Village of Ridgewood’s Future?

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Ridgewood NJ, at Wednesday evenings ,according to Village Manager Keith Kazmark , Village Council heard a thoughtful and comprehensive presentation from three Ridgewood High School students – Mariah Riedel, Emily Schaefenberg and Zoe Baker, all of who are all taking the AP Environmental Science course this year. They made a strong case for increasing bike lanes in the Village to help promote sustainability, health and wellness and active recreation. The Village Council supported their proposals will formally vote to adopt the plan in June.

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Paramus Falls for the Bogus Premise of “Traffic Calming” by adding a Dedicated Bike Lanes On Midland Avenue

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Paramus NJ,  The borough will soon install its first-ever bike lanes, aimed at improving safety for cyclists using the busy Midland Avenue thoroughfare. The bike lanes will run from Paramus Road to Country Club Road on Midland Avenue. Striped lanes will be added on both the eastbound and westbound sides of the road. The stretch of Midland Avenue,which has a speed limit of 35 mph, is home to the public library, Midland Elementary School, the municipal swimming pool and an access road to Bergen Community College.

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Reader Voices Serious Concerns At Ken Smith Crossing

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“The Infamous bike lane is really prominent in the accompanying picture. It is rarely used by bikers( too dangerous), has compromised safe turns from Broad Street and West Ridgewood Avenue and unless it is completely removed and 2 lanes restored under the bridge going to the west side, the apartment complex going up at the old Ken Smith Motors site will create serious concerns at that intersection which is already bad enough.”

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Reader says Traffic Grants Are Nothing More Than Social Engineering

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All part of AGENDA 21 — read up on it folks.
Agenda 21 Course

Grants with nice sounding names to gain your acceptance so your freedoms are reduced and your behavior controlled.

Lesson 6: Grants are Used as a Major Tool to Implement Agenda 21

From NJDOT – Safe Routes to School

The federal-aid SRTS program provides federal-aid highway funds to State Departments of Transportation. The main objectives of the program are:

to enable and encourage children in grades K-8, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school;

to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative, thereby encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle from an early age; and,

to facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects and activities that will improve safety and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.

“reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution”
equals anti motor vehicle
equals Bike Lanes
equals “Traffic calming” (aka traffic jams, aka traffic frustration so you take alternate route or better yet use public transportation
equals Behavior modification

all of these grants are driven by the agenda to implement the Agenda 21 “utopian vision” – no cars, pack and stack housing (their term) walk to home, work, market, entertainment. (like living in retirement communities (or high cost mental institutions).
the utopian vision drives the grant – the “named benefit” (in this case safe passage to school) is just the MEANS to implement their goals.

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Ridgewood : “bike lanes would only be for experienced bikers”

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Readers say , “No one missed Rurik. No one. And we had plenty of insanity without him being there. Chris Rutishauser (he of the ghetto palms) and Jeanne Johnson (she of the ridiculous bike lanes) provided ample idiocy for one evening.

The dynamic duo of Chris and Jeanne should take their show on the road showing people how to accomplish nothing while antagonizing everyone. Also, the Bike Lane To No Where is hazardous to bikers as well as drivers. In stead of calming traffic, it makes us all annoyed and irritated!

Miss Jeanne actually said that the bike lanes would only be for experienced bikers (ie dangerous). Oh hell yes, this makes sense. Let’s put bike lanes that are dangerous for all but the most experienced bikers. Ummmm what happens when an inexperienced driver comes alongside an experienced biker. This whole thing is a disaster waiting to happen. Thank God it probably will not happen.

Jeanne Johnson was out of control ridiculous. And Rutishauser too. Who the hell do they think they are trying to pressure the council to sign off on a grant application when they have not seen the plans. Memo to Ruishauser: Aronsohn and Sonenfeld sent out grant applications that were filled with lies. This council does not play that way.”

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Why Do Drivers Hate Cyclists? It’s Not Because We Behave Badly—Really


Most cyclists aren’t jerks. But drivers tend to single out the few who are—perpetuating the forever war between road users.

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Why do drivers hate cyclists? Ask one, and the top answers are most likely to do with our behavior. Cyclists run red lights. We weave through traffic without looking and ride the wrong way down one-way streets.

First, let’s consider the drivers making these accusations. These drivers never use their cellphones while driving, they stick to all speed limits, they stop at all stop signs, and they never park in bike lanes, or turn right across a bike lane without looking, so they’re clearly well placed in the whole glass-house/stone-throwing scenario.

Back to these terrible cyclist. Are we really so bad? The data says that no, we are not only overwhelmingly decent folks, but we’re getting better. Slate’s Jim Saksa, “asshole cyclist,” and “stereotypical Jersey driver,” took a look at some figures from a 2011 report by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and found that average cyclist behavior is improving pretty fast.

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Reader says the Ridgewood Garber Square fiasco and cost us 5 times the amount that the grant was for

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A grant for bike lanes under the Complete Streets program led to the Garber Square fiasco and cost us 5 times the amount that the grant was for,. Now we have another grant and we’re using it to fix Van Neste Park which everyone seems to feel is in great shape! What happened to the old adage, ” If it isn’t broke,don’t fix it” ?

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Ridgewood Village Mangers “Traffic Easing” still a total Unmitigated Disaster

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Ridgewood NJ, Almost two years later the “Traffic Easing “project continues to appear ,”very ill-conceived, and frankly, dangerous”. When this project was initially hatched a project no one in town including some very long term residents had ever heard of until ground was basically broken.

“The only time in recent memory that I almost got hit was in this intersection and that was after the bike lanes were added ,narrowing the driving lanes to one each way. Someone tried and succeeded to pass me on the left as I was heading from the west side under the bridge. Now people are so used to no bikes in the bike lanes that the cars are actually using them to some degree. I do feel the bike lanes are dangerous to bikers and have made navigating this area more difficult. So, I don!t blame anybody for this recent accident but I do think Garber Square is an “accident waiting to happen.”

The Village Manager created a far larger traffic head ache with her “very ill-conceived, and frankly, dangerous” design. To make matter worse the Village manger placed a Village Digital sign in the vicinity to further distract , distracted drivers .

The “traffic easing” has also limited access for Emergency services vehicles , now the potential may be made worse by an over sized garage on Hudson street  further restricting traffic patterns , What a mess Roberta !