Margate residents are asking: will all those signs and painted street warnings make bicyclists safer, or more vulnerable to getting hit by a car?
The City of Margate is defending it’s plan to make walking & biking to school, safer. Many disagree.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation awarded Margate the grant, funded by the Federal Highway Administration. It’s goal was to improve infrastructure on routes to Ross Elementary School and Tighe Middle School.
Margate claims there was plenty of input from consultants, the general public, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
In 2019 – Margate received a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grant: Encourage kids to walk or bike to school. The new traffic patterns and designs are based on the now outdated, 2015 Margate School Travel Plan, and 2016 Margate Ventnor Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.
Don Sab: Who decided that we needed the same sign every fifty feet? Someone have stock in a sign company?
Pamela Sullivan: This is a rule for an accident waiting to happen! Too dangerous.
Kathy Wallace: Instead of having bicyclists not following rules of road in designated bike lanes, now we have them not following rules of road in middle of street.
NOTE: Margate student enrollment is declining each year. Taxpayers are handling expenses for two, half-empty schools. Margate has less than 350 students, total.