Free Breakfast And Sustainable Cycling Discussion At Princeton Public Library Tomorrow

Bikes in Princeton (click to expand.)

Bikes in Princeton. Sustainable Princeton will ask how to make it easier to get around by bike in Prineton at a ‘Great Ideas Breakfast on Thursday 10.30 at 8.15 a.m. at Princeton Public Library(click to expand.)

Princeton roads are full and parking is tough. It’s not clear that there’s space for any more cars. Future transportation needs in the area must be addressed by making it easier for people to switch to other forms of transport. Transit, walking and cycling are the most obvious solutions, but Princeton lags other college towns for bicycle transportation. Whereas Palo Alto and Davis, CA have bike mode share of 28%, in Princeton it’s just 3%. Growing bicycle transportation is a huge opportunity. It is also helpful for the increasing share of local residents who are interested in healthy living and reducing their carbon footprint. But how can we make it happen? That is the subject of a discussion session hosted by ‘Sustainable Princeton’ on Thursday morning, October 29 30 (tomorrow) at Princeton Public Library at 8.30 8.15 a.m. Continue reading

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Marchetti’s Constant, And Transit Around Princeton

Princeton shuttle and NE Regional NJ Transit line at Princeton Junction station. (click to expand.)

Princeton shuttle and NE Regional NJ Transit train, at Princeton Junction station. (click to expand.)

Most people in Princeton and Central Jersey would like to see better transit options. But in practice, the few transit options that we already have are not heavily used. Buses are driving around half-full, and the Dinky train is under-utilized. What kind of transit is likely to be successful? The answer is surprisingly simple, and it depends on something called “Marchetti’s Constant“.

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Friday Walkability Links

Bicycles at Forbes College, Princeton. (click to expand)

Bicycles at Forbes College, Princeton. (click to expand)

Links to Princeton area walkability stories that you might have missed…

Jersey Rent Too High: House prices are through the roof in New Jersey…and it’s even worse for renters. What effect does it have on the economy and local middle-class people if a huge amount of their budget must be dedicated to housing costs? (via NJ Spotlight.) Continue reading

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Princeton’s ‘Poe Road Preservation Associaton’ Has Got It Wrong On Sidewalks

Poe Road in Princeton between Random Road and Route 27, where sidewalks are due to be added. (click to expand)

Poe Road in Princeton between Random Road and Route 27, where sidewalks are due to be added. (click to expand)

This weeks ‘Town Topics’ features a letter from a local resident claiming to represent the ‘Poe Road Preservation Associaton’, a group of neighbors who have organized to oppose a municipal engineering project that will complete a key section of Princeton’s sidewalk network. The letter makes several arguments against building the new sidewalks, but understates the importance of building them. Continue reading

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Princeton Assembly Member Proposes Regional School Boards

Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton. (click to expand)

Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton. (click to expand)

Donna Simon (R) who represents Princeton in the New Jersey Assembly, is proposing new legislation to set up a task force to study the possibility of regional school boards (via NJ.com). Her goal is to promote efficiency and save taxpayer dollars. Continue reading

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In Princeton’s Tree Streets Neighborhood- Is This Graffiti Or A Political Statement?

tree streets

“#WeAreN” – Linden Lane, Princeton, 2014. (click to expand)

One of the things that makes downtown Princeton so walkable is the mixture of houses old and new, gardens, parks and many different things to draw the eye of the walker. Walking is enjoyable, because there are many things to draw your interest. When walkability guru Jeff Bezos talks about the things that make walking appealing, he invariably talks about how walking must be ‘interesting’. (as well as ‘safe’, ‘comfortable’, and ‘useful’. A walk through Princeton’s Tree Streets neighborhood is invariably more interesting than a trek up Bunn Drive, because there is a constantly changing environment. One house in particular caught the eye on a recent stroll… Continue reading

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Howard Hughes Aims For Special Planning Process At West Windsor Cyanamid Site

The former American Cyanamid site, between Route 1 and Clarksville Road in West Windsor, NJ. (click to expand.)

The former American Cyanamid site, between Route 1 and Clarksville Road in West Windsor, NJ. From Howard Hughes Corporation presentation of 9.22.14 (click to expand.)

One of the most significant redevelopments in the Princeton area moved a step closer yesterday as the Howard Hughes Corporation announced plans to seek a special planning process for their land holdings at the former American Cyanamid site in West Windsor.  Continue reading

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