Margate ready to reduce 4 lanes of Atlantic Ave traffic down to 2. But before that happens, the 3 Margate Board of Commissioners want to hear from you. Residents are needed to provide input on this ‘road diet’ idea.
Studies show that road diets reduce crashes, injury and death. More safety for pedestrians. Safer bike routes too.
Margate Mayor Michael Becker hopes he can attract a online crowd for this town hall.
ROAD DIET Town Hall Meetings.
- Dec. 14th 1:30p
- Dec. 15th 6p.
A few residents despise traffic delays caused by summer visitors. Police agree. One lane in each way reduces speeding. Road diets becoming common practice across country.
Currently: 2 traffic lanes in each direction, parking and bike lanes on both side. Mayor Becker admits the city doesn’t have traffic study yet.
Commissioner Maury Blumberg has little faith in Margate’s communication and public awareness channels. Blumberg says social media, window signs and email blasts not enough. Blumberg says city’s public relations and marketing channels not enough.
Public often says they’re being kept in the dark with stuff like this.
Few residents take part in these meetings. Poor communication from City Hall is one reason. The other: close to 75% of taxpayers are part-time residents. City not very good at reaching that group.
Atlantic City is on board with road diets. Ventnor is not. Yet.
Project would not take long. Just restriping. The new traffic pattern could be in place for Summer 2021.
NJ Department of Transportation awarded grant to Margate: $275,000 toward cost of $400,000 project.