Princeton Traffic Calming Now Comes With Extra Rumble Rumble


‘Rumble strip’ speed control device at Jefferson Road and Terhune, Princeton. (click to expand)

Many Princeton residents complain about speeding cars on their local streets. The town, however, banned speed bumps through a Council ordinance in 2013. With no speed bump option, the town is increasingly making use of ‘rumble strips‘ to limit speed at intersections around Princeton. The rumble strips look like painted white lines across the road lane, but are in fact made of a small ridge of hardened thermoplastic that transmits vibrations and an audible ‘rumble’ to drivers. Recently, rumble strips have been added on Terhune Road at the intersection with Jefferson Road, as shown in the picture above. But this speed reduction technique is also  Continue reading

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The Virtual War To Control Princeton’s Historic Sites

Christ's Congregation Church on Walnut Ave in Princeton. (click to expand)

Christ Congregation Church on Walnut Lane in Princeton – which is also a key site in the online game ‘Ingress’. (click to expand)

The Pokémon Go craze has occupied many news stories this summer as kids of all ages have discovered the joys of chasing virtual creatures around real-world locations using their smartphones. Pokémon Go is a product of Google offshoot Niantic Labs, and has many similarities to their earlier game, ‘Ingress‘, which has been running since 2012. For Ingress players, Princeton is not just a cultured college town, but a battlefield for an online war to control culturally-significant sites.
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New Sidewalk Commissioned On Shadybrook Lane In Princeton

New sidewalk under construction, Shadybrook Lane, Littlebrook neighborhood, Princeton (click to expand)

New sidewalk under construction, Shadybrook Lane, Littlebrook neighborhood, Princeton (click to expand)

A new sidewalk has been added to a section of Shadybrook Lane in Princeton’s Littlebrook neighborhood, and it’s a bit of an interesting case. Sidewalks in Princeton are usually added as part of specific road improvement or sewer upgrade projects. If the road is part of the municipal sidewalk masterplan, a new path is laid as part of the wider project. A sidewalk is being constructed on Valley Road right now, for example, as part of a big engineering project that will also see new sewer pipes put down.  Continue reading

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Avalon Princeton Announces Apartment Rates: One-Beds To Start At $2,655 per month.

One-bed apartment plan. (Via (click to expand)

One-bed apartment plan at new Avalon Bay apartments in Princeton. (Via, click to expand)

Avalon Bay has released floor plans and prices for their new apartments on Witherspoon Street in Princeton. The apartments are currently under construction, but are listed as available for move-in from August 19, 2016. The apartment community will eventually have 256 units, making it one of the biggest in Princeton. It is easily walkable to downtown and Princeton University campus. As expected, the apartments are pretty expensive… Continue reading

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Town of Princeton Reveals Draft Bicycle Circulation Plan

Draft Princeton bike facilities network (click to expand)

Draft Princeton bike facilities network (click to expand)

A map of proposed facilities for bicyclists in Princeton has been released. The draft map was drawn up by consultants funded by a grant awarded to the town by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. It proposes a network of bike lanes and other facilities that are intended to make streets safer for people on two wheels. Continue reading

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New Princeton Shopping Center Circulation Plan Is a Let-Down For People On Foot And Bikes

New Nomad Pizza, with missing sidewalks (click to expand)

New entrance to Princeton Shopping Center from North Harrison Street- with no matching sidewalks. (click to expand)

Recent attempts to freshen up the ‘Princeton Shopping Center’ on North Harrison Street have seen remodeling of the parking lots and the arrival of new businesses, such as the instantly-popular Nomad Pizza (see photo above). But when it comes to providing for people on foot or on bicycles, the redesign has been something of a failure. Although a sidewalk extends all along North Harrison Street, there is no path connecting them to the entrance of Nomad Pizza. Instead, pedestrians must become nomads, wandering through the parking lot. This kind of glaring error fits with statistics that show that New Jersey is the state with the highest rate of pedestrian victims as a share or total traffic casualties. Continue reading

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Town Of Princeton Seeks Feedback On John Street Park Designs

Mary Moss Park concept (via (Click to expand)

Mary Moss Park concept (via Recreation Department website) (Click to expand)

The town of Princeton has revealed competing designs for a rebuild of ‘Mary Moss Playground’, a small park on John Street. Consultants hired by the town gathered community input at a public meeting earlier this year, before developing two potential concepts for the redesign. In both cases, the park would be expanded slightly, using land that the town acquired by buying and knocking down an historic home on adjoining Lytle Street. Members of the public were shown the new plans at a second public meeting at town hall on May 3, but input can still be provided by emailing the Recreation Department. Continue reading

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