Finally. Ventnor is joining Margate, Longport & AC in making it SAFER for pedestrians to cross the street as they head to the beach.
As of June 1, 2019, the speed limit on Atlantic Avenue in Ventnor is being lowered from 35 mph to 25 mph.
As you know, for the past 3 years, DownbeachBUZZ has been pressuring City Hall to lower the dangerous speed limit on Atlantic Ave. Specifically, we have pressured the Commissioner in charge of Public Safety, Tim Kriebel. We thank everyone for their help.
Of course, there are some who don’t agree with the safer speeds in Ventnor.
Social Media Feedback:
Steven Doyle make a good point to consider: The message needs to be driven home that if you’re approaching a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk from behind, then you should assume there is a pedestrian crossing the street, and come to a halt. To often, however, drivers simply overtake the stopped vehicle and pass.
This is probably the reason New Jersey has a disproportionate number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities in crosswalks.
With that being said, the pedestrian has an obligation too. No pedestrian should walk or run into the path of moving vehicle and expect it to come to a screeching halt, just because thy’re in a crosswalk. Everyone has an obligation, even the bicyclist, who must obey the same rules as a motor vehicle.
Ventnor Bike Lanes Coming.
Ventnor will soon adding bike lanes to Atlantic Avenue. This should happen in June. The 4, car travel lanes will be reduced in width to 10 feet. That will help lower speeds. Still, the same number of lanes, 2 in each direction, with bike lanes on the outside.
This matches Margate’s lanes and proposed lanes in Atlantic City.