Municipal staff

No space for bike lane on Witherspoon Street in Princeton: City staff

PRINCETON, NJ — A bike lane on Witherspoon Street may not be possible due to limited space, city staff told council at Monday’s meeting. Council had instructed city staff to investigate the possibility of having a bike path and underground utilities on Phase II of the Witherspoon Street redevelopment plan, stretching from Franklin Avenue to Green Street

The Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee made a detailed recommendation to council, prioritizing the different types of cycle facilities they would like to see put in place, and suggested that the facilities could change along the route, to help calm traffic.

But the staff was of the opinion that a cycle path would not be possible. “We can’t find a way to provide dedicated bike lanes in this limited corridor. It wouldn’t be safe,” said City Engineer Jim Purcell.

At the March 28 meeting, city engineers presented two concepts for the design of Phase II of Witherspoon Street. Staff recommended approval of Concept A which had focused more on safety measures with few changes and no cycle lanes. Their recommendation remained unchanged.

PBAC’s Phil Chao said he hoped to have the bike path but was “comfortable with the design and traffic calming”. He agreed with Councilman Leighton Newlin and Councilwoman Eve Niedergang who called for the speed limit to be lowered from the current 25 miles per hour.